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Asylees/refugees were the 2nd biggest group of U.S. green card recipients in 2015

There are several different paths to a green card here in the United States. U.S. immigration law creates a special such path for individuals granted asylum or admitted to the U.S. under refugee status.

How big of a chunk of new green card recipients are asylees or refugees? Green card statistics from 2015 provide some insights on this.

Immigration detention up in the U.S.

Among the things some individuals from other countries can end up facing in connection to immigration matters in the U.S. is time in immigration detention. There are a range of situations in which a person could end up being detained by immigration officials. Recent data points to the number of people who are under such detention being on the increase in the U.S. in recent times.

The statistics looked at what the per-day average for number of individuals in U.S. immigration detention has been in the 2017 fiscal year, based on data from the opening few months of this fiscal year (Oct. 3, 2016 to Mar. 20, 2017). The average for this fiscal year has come in 17 percent higher than the average for fiscal year 2016.

Might the U.S. see major immigration system changes?

Recently, a new immigration proposal has been getting considerable attention in the news. The proposal is a bill that would put a “merit-based” system in place when it comes to green cards. The President recently gave his support to the bill.

The proposal would make multiple changes to the U.S. immigration system. It is thought that the changes it would make could reduce legal immigration to the U.S. by half within ten years. Among the things the legislation, if passed, would have big impacts on is family immigration.

1m driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants expected by EOY

In 2013, AB 60 was enacted into law. This bill allowed undocumented immigrants in California to get a driver’s license. The law went into effect on January 1, 2015. In just three years, we may be about to hit a major milestone.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has issued over 905,000 AB 60 licenses. The rate licenses are being issued has been declining. However, we may still hit the 1 million licenses by the end of the year.

California’s wine industry and the H-2A visa

One of the industries that has a major presence here in California is the wine industry. Lately, the state’s wine industry has been dealing with a labor shortage.

Such shortages can be challenging in any industry. They can pose some special difficulties though for vineyards, given the time-sensitive nature of harvesting. Not harvesting at just the right time can have major consequences when it comes to the quality of grapes coming out of a vineyard. So, having the right amount of employees at the right times can be critical in the wine industry.

DHS opts to expand number of H-2B visas for this year

Recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced a decision it has made regarding H-2B visas. These visas are for temporary non-agricultural workers.

The decision regards this fiscal year’s cap for these visas. As we noted in a past post, earlier this year, Congress authorized the federal government to expand the cap this year beyond the traditional 66,000 mark. Last week, the DHS announced that is has indeed decided to expand the number of available H-2B visas this year.

When Do Domestic Workers Fill Out An I-9 Form?

You work for a family each week - babysitting their children, cleaning their house and preparing meals. You were hired by the family, and they pay you directly.

There is a good chance that you never signed paperwork under these circumstances. However, workers in the United States are required to complete an I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form. Not doing so violates US law.

Seeking a green card when already in the U.S.

Green card recipients vary greatly in their circumstances. This includes in what qualified them for a green card. There are a variety of routes through which a person could have green card eligibility. So, when thinking about pursuing a green card, an individual may want to discuss what eligibility routes might be available to them with an immigration lawyer.

Another way in which U.S. green card holders vary is in where they sought out their green card. Some seek out a green card while they are outside the United States. Others seek out a green card while already in the U.S. on a different immigration status, such as a temporary work visa. Which of these two circumstances is more common among new green card recipients? According to federal data noted by the Pew Research Center, in recent years, it has been seeking out a green card while already in America.

Study: U.S. citizenship rate low among Mexican immigrants

U.S. green card holders come from all different parts of the world. However, there are some countries that have a particularly high number of individuals who have come to live here in the United States. Among these is Mexico. There are more lawful immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico than there are from any other individual country. And some areas of the U.S. have a particularly high number of Mexican immigrants. This includes Southern California.

Despite the large percentage of overall green card holders that Mexican immigrants make up, such immigrants actually have among the lowest likelihoods of becoming U.S. citizens of permanent residents. This is what a recent Pew Research Center study points to.

The possibility of losing U.S. citizenship over a lie

What a foreign national desiring to become a citizen of the U.S. includes in their citizenship application and does during the naturalization process can have many major impacts. It could impact how quickly the process ends up going. It could also influence how likely the person is to achieve their goal of becoming a U.S. citizen.

There are even some types of actions during the naturalization process that could put a person at risk of someday losing their citizenship after being granted it. One of these is lying during the naturalization process. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a decision regarding what kinds of lies during this process can put a person who receives U.S. citizenship in danger of having their citizenship stripped from them.

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