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May 2018 Archives

Senate bill addresses green card waiting times

Immigrant advocacy groups in Florida and around the country have long claimed that the government's system for processing permanent residency applications and issuing green cards is unfair. Under the current quota system, no more than 7 percent of the 140,000 employment-based green cards available each year can be issued to immigrants from any single country. This has led to a situation where immigrants from large countries like India and China face green card waiting times of up to 70 years.

ACLU files lawsuit on behalf of detained immigrants

Florida residents are likely aware that the Trump administration's immigration policies have been the subject of much contentious debate. Immigrant advocacy groups have criticized the way U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents enforce these policies, and a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on May 17 alleges that the federal agency has routinely ignored its own policies and guidelines since the inauguration.

The future for young undocumented immigrants in Florida

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected over 790,000 "dreamers" from deportation, and has allowed many of them to pursue education and work in the United States. However, the Trump administration has shown some effort toward ending the DACA program, which has left many beneficiaries of the program distressed about their future in the United States.

Applying for health care could affect permanent residency

A new proposal by the current administration could affect the immigration status of millions of legal immigrants in the US. The plan, which is currently in the drafting stage, may make obtaining a green card more difficult for those in Jacksonville, Florida, on immigration visa status.

Companies sue the USCIS over new H-1B requirements

In Florida, many businesses rely on the H-1B visa program to secure employees. A memo that was released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in February may severely impact small staffing firms that rely on the H-1B visa program to get the workers that they need. A group of tech staffing firms have filed a lawsuit against the USCIS and are seeking an injunction to prevent the memo from being enforced.

Adjusting immigration status years after entry

Immigrants who have been living in Florida on an expired visitor's visa for many years may be wondering if it's possible to file for a green card. Even though they may be married to a U.S. citizen or have other grounds for a valid green card, they may hesitate to apply due to their overstay in the country. However, there is a process by which people who entered on a visitor visa can receive a green card.

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