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California Stands With Its immigrants

With the recent election of Donald Trump as the next United States President, fear among immigrants has sky-rocketed. California hosts more than 10 million foreign-born residents, more than any other state in the union. Therefore, this situation hits home for immigrants and their family members and friends all across the state. But there is some good news, because many California officials have voiced their support of immigrants in this state, and promise to fight deportations.

Is there a minimum age for petitioning for a visa for family?

When a U.S. citizen or permanent resident has a relative who lives in another country, they might be able to petition for a visa for that relative. Now, there are all kinds of rules regarding such petitions. One thing a person may wonder is: are there any age restrictions on who can petition for a relative?

Family immigration issues

Family immigration in California may involve children or spouses. For parents who are in the U.S. on visitor visas when their children are born, the children will automatically become citizens at birth unless the parents are in the country while serving as foreign diplomats.

How a spouse of a citizen may get a green card

When a California U.S. citizen marries a foreign national, it is possible for the foreign spouse to be able to qualify for and receive a green card on the basis of their marriage. The U.S. citizen must file the petition on behalf of their spouse after the marriage has happened.

Applying for a K-1 visa

People in California may wonder how difficult it is to bring their fiance or fiancee to the United States from another country on a K-1 visa. First, it is necessary for the person who wants to bring in the person they plan to marry to be a U.S. citizen.

Another immigration avenue for minors

Many California residents have been affected by the massive influx of children from Central and South America over the past year. While a large number of these minors have applied for refugee status due to the dire situations in their home countries, some do not meet the guidelines for the status.

The evolution of immigration in the U.S.

California residents may be interested in learning more about how immigration laws have changed the United States over time. the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 might have been the primary catalyst for shaping the scope of U.S. immigration as it currently exists today. The legislation marked the end of an immigration system that established a quota and higher priority for people immigration from European countries.

Siblings of U.S. citizens may qualify for permanent residency

There are many people in California who have family members living in other parts of the world. A person who has U.S. citizenship through birth or naturalization may petition for their non-citizen siblings to live permanently in the United States. To petition for a sibling, the petitioner must be at least 21 years old and be able to show proof of U.S. citizenship.

Children and immigration issues abound

California residents may benefit from understanding more about the problems that many immigrant children encounter. Several thousand children now face the threat of deportation after being brought over the Mexico border into the U.S. during 2014. In addition, some of these children are targeted as enforcement priorities for immigration prosecutors, while their young parents may qualify to remain in the U.S. based on federal programs providing asylum for neglected, abandoned and abused children.

Domestic partners cannot sponsor each other for citizenship

California was one of the first states to allow unmarried domestic partners to register and receive the same benefits extended to spouses. Therefore, residents may wonder what rights domestic partners have to sponsor a family member for citizenship or if it is possible to become a citizen without first getting married.

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