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Who may apply for an L1 visa?

While the term "visa" may apply to an approval a person needs before they are allowed to travel to a different country, it is important that readers of this Kentucky-based immigration law blog understand that there are many different types of visas available to noncitizens. Depending on why a person wishes to travel, how long they wish to stay, whether they have family with them or in the United States before them, and a host of other issues, the type of visa that they will need may differ greatly.

One relatively specific type of visa is the L1 visa. It is available to individuals who hold executive or managerial level employment at international companies who wish to transfer within their business organizations into offices in the United States. For example, an executive at an automobile company in Germany may need an L1 visa if they wish to stay within their position and work in an office of their employer in the United States.

A discussion of the B-2 visitor visa

Travel between the United States and other countries is highly regulated. While in some cases a short-term traveler may be able to enter another nation with only a passport, visitor visas are required of non-United States citizens for their legal entry into the country. The B-2 visa is a commonly sought out visa for individuals who have personal reasons to enter the United States.

The B-2 visa may be used by international travelers who have personal or pleasure-related reasons for entering the country. They may wish to visit with family members who live in the United States, or they may wish to seek out medical treatment from doctors in the country. Generally, this form of visa is not available to students or those who intend to earn money while living in the country, though individuals who wish to take recreational courses may generally do so while holding B-2 visas.

How does one qualify as a special immigrant religious worker?

The job that a person chooses to pursue in their life may require them to make personal sacrifices and take on significant burdens. For some, pursuing their passions may require them to leave their homes in order to travel to far and distant countries to do their work. When individuals wish to enter the United States to work in religious organizations or positions of faith, they may qualify for special immigrant religious worker visas.

These specialized visas are EB-4 visas. They are available to ministers. Qualifying for a special immigrant religious worker visa requires specific information.

Certain actions may lead to loss of green card eligibility

A green card is an important legal document for individuals who wish to obtain and retain their legal permanent statuses in the United States. An individual with a green card has the right to live in the United States and to enjoy other important rights as a result of their status. However, a green card holder in Kentucky could find their legal status threatened if they engage in certain activities or undertake certain actions.

One of the most common ways for green card holders to lose their legal status in the country is to commit crimes. When a person is charged with breaking a criminal law, they may be subject to the loss of their legal status and subsequent deportation and removal. Legal permanent residents who are facing criminal charges should speak with immigration attorneys as well as criminal law attorneys to prepare themselves for their legal proceedings.

Things to know before your marriage-based green card interview

If you're among many Kentucky immigrants whose ultimate goals are to obtain permanent residency status or even become naturalized citizens, you've likely been working hard to become fluent in English. Perhaps you've also already overcome various challenges related to customs and culture in the United States. Adapting to a new lifestyle after emigrating from another country of origin is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's challenging and often stressful.

Having the love of your life by your side can definitely make navigating the immigration system a lot less stressful. Applying for a marriage-based green card may be a key factor toward accomplishing all your immigration goals. Once you have a green card, you're free to live, work and stay in the United States permanently. You do, however, need to renew your green card whenever it expires. Preparing for your green card interview is a crucial part of your whole process.

What is the spousal immigration process?

Spousal immigration is an important topic in the greater conversation of U.S. immigration law. When a Kentucky resident marries an individual who is not a legal citizen or resident of the country, they must go through an important legal process to allow their spouse to join them permanently in the United States.

This post will provide an overview of that process but the contents of this article should not be relied on as legal advice. The help of an immigration attorney should be sought by those who have family immigration questions.

Criminal conviction can lead to deportation

The criminal justice system in the United States is intended to deter individuals from engaging in dangerous and socially detrimental behavior and to punish those who do break the law. When a citizen of the country breaks a criminal law, they may be subject to trial and punishment based on what they allegedly did. States like Kentucky have criminal laws on their books; federal criminal laws also exist.

Punishment for a citizen may mean a fine, jail time, or another serious sanction. However, when a noncitizen or individual holding a visa or green card allegedly commits a crime and is convicted, they can face deportation and removal. Depending on their alleged crime, they can face removal from the United States and serious penalties if they try to return.

Immigration changes upcoming for kids of foreign workers

Many current and former residents of Kentucky work for the American government in other countries. Whether they are diplomats or Foreign Service workers, members of the military or employees of other fields, thousands of men and women are employed by the government but stationed in locations outside of the borders of the United States.

In the past, children born to individuals engaged in these lines of work were automatically considered U.S. citizens, regardless of where they were born. Moving forward, this policy may change.

How may an individual fight removal?

Deportation and removal are serious legal proceedings that come from an extensive body of immigration law. When a person has been determined to be in the United States illegally, they may be removed and sent back to their country of citizenship. Individuals living in Kentucky and who fear that they may be subject to removal proceedings should know that certain remedies may be available to them to stop the removal process.

One way that a person may fight removal from the United States is through a petition to cancel their removal. Such an action may be undertaken during a person's removal proceedings and before a judge. If their cancelation is granted, the individual's removal status may be changed from supporting deportation to lawful admittance for permanent residency.

Requirements for green card may change under new rules

Immigration law is a complex legal field that is often in flux and subject to changes from the federal government. Whenever Kentucky residents have questions about their immigration statuses, how to seek residency, problems concerning deportation and removal, or other immigration issues, they should always seek professional guidance from a knowledgeable legal professional. Readers are encouraged to use the information in this post as a starting point to understanding immigration law, but no legal advice should been gleaned from its contents.

Earlier this week, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the federal government intends to implement a "public charge" rule. This rule would make it more difficult for individuals in need or social or public services, or those who may need them in the future, to obtain green cards in the United States. Several states have filed suit against the government over what they view to be a cruel and unfair policy.

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