How Do You Sponsor an Employee for Permanent U.S. Residence?

Employers interested in sponsoring a current employee for permanent resident status in the United States—or hiring an employee who is not a permanent resident—are faced with a difficult and time-consuming process. However, it is not an impossible one. While there are a number of steps involved, as well as a need for accuracy and completeness when filing paperwork, sponsoring a worker for permanent U.S. residency can be made much more … [Read more...]

Know Your Options for Defending Against Deportation

It is a known fact that the process of entering the United States legally is complex and time-consuming. For those individuals who have been designated for removal proceedings, however, the good news is that the process of deportation is also not terribly swift. What’s more, there are numerous ways to defend oneself against deportation and remain in the United States—and the burden of proof lies with the government, rather than with the … [Read more...]

How the EEOC Protects the Rights of Immigrants—and What Employers Should Know

As a business owner or manager, it’s often your responsibility to understand the laws that protect both your business and your employees. Familiarity with how federal and state discrimination laws apply in the workplace can ensure that your company is appropriately conducting business and that members of your staff feel safe and comfortable on the job. In fact, each of your employees has specific rights, which not only need to be … [Read more...]

Massive Sweep Nabs 239 Foreign Nationals Suspected of Gang Activity

Officials from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) recently concluded a five-week operation, Project Shadowfire, which resulted in the arrest of 1,133 individuals, including 239 foreign nationals, on charges related to international gang activity. While many of the individuals detained were American citizens, the nature of the operation meant that individuals from a number of other countries were also taken into custody. Individuals … [Read more...]

What Types of Protection Can a U.S. Embassy or Consulate Provide?

Though safety is a primary concern for most individuals, it is not always possible during moments of political, social or religious unrest. Fortunately, the U.S. government provides protections to certain individuals who are considered in danger or threatened while living in a foreign country. To be qualified for these safeguards, you must meet a set of criteria related to the different types of protections offered by a U.S. embassy or … [Read more...]

Man Convicted of Illegally Obtaining Citizenship Through Marriage Fraud

A Columbus, Ohio man was recently convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison. The guilty verdict was handed down after a joint investigation by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Homeland Security Investigations, which revealed that the man committed marriage fraud in order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. The 41-year-old man at … [Read more...]

Upcoming U.S. Election, Court Cases Could Impact Future of DACA

While every presidential election has the potential to change the future of those living within a country’s borders, the upcoming 2016 national election in the United States brings a significant amount of uncertainty for young immigrants. In particular, the potential reversal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy could remove many opportunities for undocumented minors. Understanding DACA In an effort to protect … [Read more...]

Understanding the Consequences of Aiding Undocumented Immigrants’ Entry Into the United States

For foreign nationals, interest in coming to the United States shows no sign of slowing down. As the process for doing so within the bounds of the law is time-consuming and complex, some individuals attempt to circumvent the law, either by venturing onto U.S. soil on their own or with the help of a smuggler—and sometimes the latter approach is encouraged by relatives already living in the United States. Unfortunately, the mere act of … [Read more...]

EB-5 Investor Program Offers Immigration Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Of the many ways in which U.S. immigrants can apply for a green card, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is among the lesser-known methods. This important program was initially created to help support the creation of U.S. jobs and to act as an incentive for foreign citizens to invest in U.S. markets. By uncovering the details of this program, foreign citizens can better understand the potential opportunities it provides to … [Read more...]

What Happens When a Non-Citizen Is Accused of a Crime?

Individuals who have entered the United States illegally are already putting themselves at serious risk of becoming entangled in the legal system. But what happens when a non-citizen winds up being accused of committing a crime? Regardless of the severity of the crime—whether it’s petty theft or a violent crime, such as murder—and regardless of his or her guilt, a person who is not a U.S. citizen but who has been accused of a crime in this … [Read more...]