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Family Immigration Archives

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.

What should you do when you interview with a USCIS official?

What many people may not realize is that in many cases where a person is applying for some type of immigration action or has to deal with some form of immigration action, an interview with an official from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will usually be required. This interview is obviously very important, and it is crucial for the individual in question to be prepared going into that interview.

What are the minimum requirements to apply for DACA?

Imagine that, at the age of five, you were brought into the United States under illegal circumstances. Your parents decided at that time that it was beneficial for the whole family to attempt an entry into the country. You were successful, and your family has been living in the U.S. ever since. However, you live in constant fear that one random encounter with the police could lead to a massive investigation into your lack of citizenship, one that would eventually result in your (and possibly your family's) deportation.

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