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Family Immigration Archives

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.

Residency filing options for nonresident widows of US citizens

Orange residents who are interested in family immigration issues may wish to know more about the options that a noncitizen spouse has for gaining permanent residency when they are widowed. If certain requirements are fulfilled, this may be possible to gain such status by filing the correct forms.

Petitioning for family member immigration in California

Many U.S. citizens have family members that would like to move to the country. The citizen may wonder if it is possible to petition on behalf of their relatives in order for them to get a visa or a green card.

Backlog in immigration cases

California residents may be concerned by the slow movement of immigration cases for those seeking legal residency status in the United States. The court system has been overwhelmed with cases related to Central American women and children surging into the country in recent months, and these cases have particularly been given a priority status. As women and unaccompanied minor children receive attention, others have had their hearings rescheduled for late November 2019.

Population theory: immigration even more important than before

The population of the Earth is projected somewhere around 7.2 billion people right now. If you had to guess, what do you think the population of the Earth will be in the year 2100? Many scholars have debated this question in recent years, and some came to the conclusion that the human population was arriving at a sort of tipping point, where birth rates would slow down and, eventually, we would reach our "maximum" population.

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