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A lot of America’s immigrant population lives in California

A very diverse range of people call California home. This includes a good portion of immigrants to the United States.

The large size of the state’s immigrant population can be seen in a recent study. The study is from the Public Policy Institute of California. It reviewed 2015 Census Bureau data to look into the immigrant population in California.

The study found that, of all the immigrants in the U.S., around one-fourth of them live here in California. The study put the size of the immigrant population in the state at around 10 million.

According to the study, a large majority of foreign-born residents here in California are either U.S. citizens or are here in the U.S. on another legal status. Such statuses include visas (like family or work visas) and green cards.

The study also indicated that working-age adults make up a vast majority of California’s immigrant population. So, employment can be a big issue among the state’s immigrants.

For non-citizens who live here in California on a legal status, some special immigration issues can come up for them in relation to employment. What authorization and options they have when it comes to working here in the U.S. depends on the particular U.S. immigration status they have. Skilled lawyers can help such individuals here in California understand what their particular status means for what their situation is when it comes to work authorization and can assist them with pursuing immigration actions aimed at helping them with their goals related to employment.

Source: KPBS, “California Remains A State Of Immigrants,” Tom Fudge, Jan. 27, 2017

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