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What is a green card and how can I get one?

Although it touches the lives of many, the United States immigration system is very complex. For people living in the United States without legal citizenship, for instance, a green card can become a valuable piece of paper. However, the process for obtaining a green card can be difficult to understand.

A green card is the familiar name for what is formally known as a Permanent Resident Card.

Is it possible to extend a nonimmigrant visa?

There are many reasons that a person may apply for and receive a visa to travel into the United States. While many of those reasons are related to employment and education, others concern entry so that individuals may be with members of their families or to escape dangers in their home countries.

Individuals who are living in Kentucky and who have nonimmigrant visas may wonder what happens when their visas eventually expire.

Overstaying your visa can lead to serious trouble

Your reasons for coming to the U.S. may be the same as many who enter the country through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Perhaps you are here to study, work or travel, and you obtained a visa for that purpose. It is possible it was not your original intention to immigrate here but only to take advantage of the opportunity presented to you.

Has your course of study or employment come to an end? Are you finished visiting the sights you came here to see? It is possible that your visa is also ready to expire, or perhaps it already has. If you have not taken the appropriate steps to return to your country or lawfully extend your stay in the U.S., you may be facing the consequences of your unlawful status

DACA arguments to occur in the U.S. Supreme Court

There are many ways that having legal status in the United States can make life easier for a Kentucky resident. It makes the process of getting a license or job more streamlined, and it may make getting loans and other financial matters squared away less cumbersome. Most people know whether they have legal status, but for one population learning that they are not legal residents of the country may be surprising.

Dreamers, or children who are recognized under President Barak Obama's executive order concerning Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, are individuals who were brought to the United States from outside of the country when they were young. In some cases, these children may have been brought into the United States as infants and may not have known that they did not have legal status until they wanted to apply for a driver's license or seek loans to pay for college.

Proposed bill may give agricultural workers a path to citizenship

Millions of immigrants, both authorized and otherwise, work in the United States each and every day, providing essential help and services to communities all throughout the nation. One industry that relies heavily on immigrant workers is agriculture. Hundreds of thousands of individuals from other nations find work in fields, factories, and other agricultural sites to support themselves and their loved ones.

Kentucky residents may remember that hundreds of unauthorized workers were detained by ICE when a poultry processing plant was raided earlier this year. This action sent panic through immigrant communities as it appeared the government would be targeting individuals where they worked. While the law has yet to change, some in Congress are working to pass new legislation that would give workers in the agricultural industry an opportunity to gain citizenship.

How may divorce affect spousal immigration?

Marriage and immigration constitute two different areas of the law and together raise a host of questions for individuals who wish to enter the United States to legally live with their partners.

Kentucky residents may have questions about what will happen if they choose to leave their martial relationships while residing in the country through spousal visas. These questions, and many others that come up in the context of immigration law, should be answered by knowledgeable immigration attorneys.

Reality star deported to Italy

Changes in the law regarding immigration, deportation, and removal have been extensively covered in the national news. However, many Kentucky residents may still struggle to keep up with exactly what rights and options individuals have when they are faced with legal issues related to their citizenship and residency statuses. Few stories cover just what happens to individuals caught in the deportation process, but one recognizable reality star has gone through the deportation process firsthand.

Joe Giudice, the husband of a cast member in the Real Housewives series, was recently sent to Italy, the country of his birth. Giudice married an American woman and had four children with her before being arrested and convicted on several criminal charges. After serving his sentence in prison, Giudice was apprehended by Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he had never formalized his citizenship.

The rights and responsibilities of a naturalized citizen

If you moved to the U.S. from another country some time ago, you may be feeling pretty comfortable in your Kentucky home. Perhaps you have a good paying job, a family and many friends you have made over the years. While you have the same trials and challenges most people face, if you enjoy your life here, you may want to stay.

With a green card, you have that opportunity. Your green card provides you with permanent residency and many other benefits. However, you may want to be more involved in your community, or perhaps you want to share your life in the U.S. with family members who are still living in your native country. Have you considered the benefits of naturalization?

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.

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