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February 2016 Archives

Permanent resident minors and citizenship

California residents who were not born in the United States and who have one parent who became a U.S. citizen when they were a minor may wonder whether that conferred citizenship on them as well. If a child is a permanent resident, there are circumstances under which they might become citizens when a parent does. The rules are different depending on whether the person was 18 or older on Feb. 27, 2001 or was under 18 or not yet born on that date.

California man charged with fraud for immigration scheme

A California man has been charge in connection with an alleged scam that promised citizenship to immigrants for fees of up to $10,000. The operation used adult adoptions as its method for gaining citizenship for immigrants who were willing to pay the fee. The 63-year-old man who ran the operation was charged with conspiracy and twelve fraud charges on Feb. 11.

Mother has multiple seizures in immigration detention

Californian immigrants and immigrants' rights advocates may be interested to hear that a 27-year-old woman was finally freed from a controversial detention. The woman, a mother of two children, was originally detained at the beginning of the year as part of a series of high-profile immigration raids that were the subject of significant public backlash. Reports said that the 27-year-old, an asylum seeker of El Salvadorean origin, suffered no less than seven seizures during her time at Texas' Dilley family detention center.

H-2A visas and successors in interest

California companies engaged in agriculture may be interested in a release by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification regarding the sale or restructuring of a business with H-2A employees. After a successor has become the employer of H-2A workers, it may use the existing certification as long as all undertakings and liabilities are upheld. There is no specific process to adopt a certification, but it is clear that the successor may use any certification that already exists.

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