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Lawsuit filed regarding initial hearing wait times for detainees

When a person is under immigration detention here in California, there are various hearings that can be very impactful. This includes their initial hearing. Such hearings can deal with a range of complex immigration issues that can have major long-term ramifications for a person. So, when it comes to navigating the initial hearing and other immigration proceedings, an immigration detainee may want the representation of an experienced immigration lawyer.

Now, what happens in it is not the only thing about an initial hearing that can have significant impacts for an immigration detainee. Another is how long the detainee has to wait for such a hearing. A recent federal lawsuit alleges that many immigration detainees held in Southern California are facing far too long of wait times for such hearings.

Beware of Immigration Consultant and Protection Scams

With a new presidential administration in place, many changes are impacting immigrants and their family members throughout California. Changing laws, new enforcement procedures and an increased focus on deportation has heightened the fears of many. Unfortunately, this fear breeds opportunists who would seek to take advantage of vulnerable populations in our state and throughout the U.S.

Report raises questions about conditions at immigration facility

There are a variety of situations in which a person from a foreign country could end up in immigration detention here in California. One would hope all immigration detention facilities in the state would act properly when it comes to the safety and health of detainees. A recent report raises serious questions about the conditions at a facility here in Orange County.

The facility in question is a detention center in the city of Orange. The facility currently holds around 500 immigration detainees. It is run by the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Addressing temporary workforce needs through H-2 visas

Temporary workforce needs can arise for many different types of businesses here in California. Sometimes, the U.S. labor market isn’t able to meet these needs. When this happens, one thing a business may look into for filling these positions is bringing in workers from other countries.

One way such workers can enter the country is through H-2 visas. This class of visa is for foreign workers in temporary positions. There are two main types of H-2 visa. One is the H-2A visa, which covers agricultural workers. The other is the H-2B visa, which covers non-agricultural workers.

Refugees in California

How many refugees who come to the U.S. come to California? According to data on refugees, California has seen 186,924 refugee arrivals between 1995 and 2016.

Now, the rate of refugees coming to the state hasn’t been uniform over this period. It has seen its peaks and valleys. The rate was particularly high from 1995 to 2001. Compared to that stretch, refugee arrivals in the state for the past few years are down quite a bit. However, even with such arrivals being down from some other years, California has still seen thousands of refugees a year come to it in recent times.

Who can qualify for an EB-1 visa?

One route for getting an employment-based U.S. green card is the EB-1 program. Now, this program has very strict eligibility requirements. There are only three classes of professionals who can qualify for a green card under this program. The three classes in question are:

  • Outstanding researchers and professors.
  • Multinational executives or managers.
  • Individuals of extraordinary ability.

Can a K-1 visa holder work in the U.S.?

Various family immigration issues can come up for an American citizen. For example, when they are engaged to someone from another country, they may desire to bring their fiancé(e) into the U.S. to get married. 

Fiancé(e)s are one of the classes of family members that U.S. citizens can petition for a visa for. The standard visa for fiancé(e)s is the K-1 visa. This visa allows a fiancé(e) to enter the U.S. for the purpose of marrying a U.S. citizen.

How Immigration Attorneys Enhance Your Employment Immigration

It is the dream of scores of people around the world to live and work in the U.S. The complexities surrounding immigration issues in the United States can be stressful and immensely confusing. It is important to handle immigration legal matters with a lot of care as they can have a lifetime effect on your freedom and that of your loved ones. A small mistake can have catastrophic repercussions, and it can lead to extreme delays or denial of a visa.

Foreign business professionals with extraordinary abilities or advanced degrees may access employment-based visas. The government reserves them for skilled personnel, investors, distinguished professionals, and special immigrants like clerical workers. There is a broad spectrum of employee-based immigration visa options including:

  • EB-1: For experts with extraordinary ability, multinational executives, outstanding researchers, and professors
  • EB-2: For professionals with advanced degrees, athletes, entertainers, individuals of exceptional ability, and scholars seeking waivers
  • EB-3: For professionals and skilled and unskilled workers
  • EB-4: For special immigrants
  • EB-5: For immigrant entrepreneurs and investors
  • Schedule A Workers: For registered nurses and therapists.

Everything that You Need to Know About Employment Immigration

California is home to a large number of immigrant employees. The state plays host to hundreds of undocumented immigrant workers who mostly work in low-wage and hard labor occupations, which have a low salary scale. The high number of immigrant workers is attributed to the fact that the state has numerous opportunities. Documented employment enhance your chances of earning permanent citizenship and residence in California.

In as much as many organizations and corporations benefit from the experience and talents of non-American employees, cases of underpayment and mistreatment are common. In order for you to work in the US, you need to have a relevant employment-based immigration visa. However, you can only obtain this document with the help of a competent immigration lawyer. Partnering with a strong legal team will help you avoid delays as far as processing work permits and other documents is concerned.

Types of Services an Immigration Lawyer Can Handle

Whether you are just applying for DACA, an H-1B Visa, permanent residency, a green card for employment reasons, or you have an immigration issue due to a delayed or denied application, contact The Law Offices of John R. Alcorn, an Irvine, California immigration attorney. We will help you file your initial immigration documents or will help you with issues with your open case.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber