The city of Louisville, KY is home to two seminary schools, one Presbyterian and one Baptist. These establishments train and equip pastor and missionaries for religious works around the world. Students come from many nations to attend. Upon completion, many wish to obtain permanent U.S. residency and continue their works within the states. However, there are strict requirements for the necessary visa to accomplish this.
Love often knows no geographic bounds, and it is not unusual for U.S. citizens in Kentucky and nationwide to fall in love with someone from another country. Those from abroad who have married a U.S. citizen may obtain a Green Card allowing them to reside in the nation. However, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or USCIS has recently made changes to the Green Card application process that may affect many in the U.S going through the family immigration process.
Some immigrants are residing in Kentucky and elsewhere in the nation illegally. However, they often are still working, raising their family and in general contributing to our nation. They may have crossed into the U.S. illegally or they may have overstayed a lawful visa. No matter what the reason, it is interesting to note that according to the Pew Research Center, the number of undocumented immigrants residing in the U.S. is at a 12-year low.
Sometimes a person in Kentucky has loved ones living in another nation. For a variety of reasons, their loved ones living abroad may wish to reside in the U.S. through a visa, and ultimately obtain status as a permanent resident. Family immigration is important to many, but the relationship between the U.S. citizen petitioning for a visa and the person seeking to live in the U.S. is important.
Ever since its founding, America has been a nation of immigrants. Many people come to the United States with the goal of obtaining U.S. citizenship, also known as naturalization. There are several legal means through which an immigrant can obtain U.S. permanent residency, and following that, citizenship. However, there are certain requirements a person must satisfy to become a U.S. citizen that immigrants in Kentucky and elsewhere should understand before proceeding.
It seems as though the federal government hands down new rules each month regarding immigrants. At first, the rules pertained to undocumented immigrants, but now, they even include those who legally reside in the United States, many of whom live here in Kentucky.