The former governor of Florida once stated that to increase work-based immigration, family-based immigration will have to be reduced to avoid an increase in the number of immigrants overall. Since many members of Congress and the United States Senate seem to share that sentiment, family visas may be more difficult to come by with the anticipated passing of an immigration reform package.
Many issues that arise in court are generally seen as being confined to a specific area of law. For instance, most people do not expect to see an issue arising in criminal a criminal case discussed on an immigration law blog. However, followers of this blog know that an immigrant's criminal record may impact a removal issue.
The Obama administration announced Wednesday a new change to the rules governing family immigration. The new rule applies to immigrants who are close family members of a U.S. citizen and wish to apply for an immigration law waiver. Current U.S. family immigration law requires undocumented immigrants to apply for the waiver in their home country and wait for a decision, which can take a long period of time, separating the family during the waiting period.
Obviously, there have been many stories in the media recently discussing immigration reform in the United States. However, few stories seem to look at the process of immigration. How do immigrants enter America-and why? It seems, at times, that the public debate misses part of the whole story. Not long ago, this blog discussed the plight of a teen who did not want to leave the country in which she grew up.
Cuban President Raul Castro announced earlier this week that the country will ease travel restriction for Cubans beginning in January. The government made the announcement Tuesday in the Communist newspaper Granma. The announcement indicates that beginning in January, Cuba will list requirements that Cubans obtain an exit visa and a letter of invitation from a person in the destination country before being granted permission to depart the country. Those restrictions were put in place in 1961.
In the last post, this blog mentioned two separate types of visa programs under U.S. immigration law. Specifically, the last entry briefly touched on the family based visa program and a specific type of non-immigrant visa, known as the E-2 visa. Now is a good time to look at the two complex topics with a bit more focus.
Legal status for young immigrants has been an issue that has taken many forms in recent years, as far as the political debate is concerned. Efforts to pass a national DREAM Act have fallen short. The current administration is working on putting a work permit process together for young immigrants. But even that policy does not necessarily fully address the legal status issue for all young immigrants.
Murky details of Marco Rubio's maternal grandfather's experience with U.S. immigration officials are making news this week, as the Associated Press unearthed federal records under a Freedom of Information Act request. The details, however, are as incomplete as the immigration records appear to be sketchy. The AP says that the maternal grandfather of a Florida U.S. Senators was ordered deported back to Cuba in 1962.
The Department of Homeland Security is expected to post a new proposed rule for public comment Monday. The new immigration rule as proposed would allow undocumented immigrants who are immediate family members of a legal resident to remain in the U.S. while seeking their own legal status in the country.
U.S. immigration law allows for a variety of family based visas. Spousal visas are available for many international couples. A U.S. citizen can petition for a spousal visa for a husband or wife who is a foreign national. Recently, there has been some confusion over how the family visa program should apply to married couples who are gay.