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September 2016 Archives

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?

Study shows immigrants don't take jobs from citizens

Some California residents worry that more immigration could lead to fewer jobs and lower wages for U.S. citizen workers. However, a study published on Sept. 21 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine showed that the impact of immigrants on the job prospects of native-born workers is minor. The report also showed some evidence that immigration has a positive effect on the U.S. economy.

Study shows immigrants don't take jobs from citizens

Some California residents worry that more immigration could lead to fewer jobs and lower wages for U.S. citizen workers. However, a study published on Sept. 21 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine showed that the impact of immigrants on the job prospects of native-born workers is minor. The report also showed some evidence that immigration has a positive effect on the U.S. economy.

Are individuals granted asylum eligible for a U.S. green card?

One thing a person who is granted asylum here in the U.S. may be concerned about is their long-term immigration situation. They may worry about how future changes in their or their home country’s circumstances might impact their ability to stay in the U.S. under asylum status. So, they might desire a more stable long-term status, such as being a green card holder.

Coming Out of the Shadows Through DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a temporary lifeline for thousands of young immigrants. The Migration Policy Institute has reported that California ranks 11th in the nation for applications to the DACA program. This low ranking is unfortunate when you consider that the state actually has the largest number of people who are eligible for the program. Yet, only about 61 percent of the state's eligible population have applied for the program. This is slightly less than the 63 percent national rate.

Private immigration detention centers may be closed

Immigrants in California who have been targeted for deportation are sometimes held in immigration detention centers. Because Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not have enough federal government-owned detention centers to hold all of its detainees, the vast majority of deportees are held in privately owned detention centers. There are currently 182 detention centers used by ICE, and 90 percent of these facilities are privately owned.

Coming Out of the Shadows Through DACA

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a temporary lifeline for thousands of young immigrants. The Migration Policy Institute has reported that California ranks 11th in the nation for applications to the DACA program. This low ranking is unfortunate when you consider that the state actually has the largest number of people who are eligible for the program. Yet, only about 61 percent of the state's eligible population have applied for the program. This is slightly less than the 63 percent national rate.

Immigration program could help foreign entrepreneurs

A new immigration initiative could help foreign entrepreneurs to start businesses in California. Under the proposed initiative, the Department of Homeland Security would be able to use its discretionary statutory parole authority to allow entrepreneurs to enter the United States and create startup companies. If the startups benefit the economy by generating revenue and new jobs, the founders might be granted longer stays in the country.

DOJ proposes anti-discrimination provisions to immigration law

The United States Department of Justice is proposing changes that are associated with the Immigration and Nationality Act that could affect immigrants throughout California and the rest of the country. Namely, the DOJ is seeking to add the intent requirement found in this act to the Code of Federal Regulations.

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