Florida residents who find themselves needing to replace a green card may be interested in knowing more about the process. Because a green card provides proof of immigration status and authorization to live and work in the country, it is important that permanent residents carry this form of identification with them at all times. According to information supplied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, individuals over the age of 18 who do not have a valid green card in their possession could be subject to misdemeanor charges.
In immigration matters, children of naturalized U.S. citizens are granted special priority. The law makes a distinction, though, based on the marital status and age of the child involved. That is, unmarried children under 21 years of age are categorized as immediate relatives, while married children and children over 21 are placed in the family preference category. Immediate relatives living in Florida or elsewhere have a simpler path to permanent residency because an unlimited number of visas have been made available for people who meet the requirements of the category. Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens need not wait for a visa number and may begin the process of securing permanent residency by filing Form I-485 at the same time that the citizen sponsor files Form I-130. Other forms may be required as well.
Ten men stood at attention January 31 during a Family Day ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The ceremony was the fourth such program at the boot camp this year. Military families are often proud to attend graduation ceremonies after a recruit makes it through basic training and officially becomes a member of the U.S. armed forces. But, the January 31, 2013 Family Day ceremony for the ten new Marines was not a graduation ceremony, but a naturalization ceremony.
For years an employment-based immigration program, known as the EB-5 visa program did not receive a large amount of interest. However, when the United States economy tanked in 2007 and 2008, investor interest in the program changed.
Immigration authorities say they have changed course again on how it will handle applications for green cards in cases involving same sex couples. Last week U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) officials announced that applications from foreign nationals married to a U.S. citizen of the same sex would be put on hold in light of the Obama administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Shortly thereafter, USCIS spokesman Chris Bently said that government lawyers concluded DOMA must continue to be followed.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to roll out a new initiative this summer as the agency intends to crack down on individuals that act as fake immigration attorneys. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas spoke about the initiative on Wednesday at the National Association of Attorney General conference in the nation's capital city.