Immigration is a much-debated topic in the political scene these days, but honestly many immigrants are in our nation legally, and are simply here to have a better life for them and their loved ones. Many of these immigrants in Kentucky and across the nation will one day want to pursue U.S. citizenship. Recent data suggests that, despite crackdowns on illegal immigration, those who are currently permanent residents of the U.S. are obtaining citizenship at a greater rate than they had in the past.
There are numerous ways that a foreign-born individual can immigrate to the U.S., including right here in Kentucky. One way is through the Diversity Visa Program -- also known as the green card lottery. The 2020 fiscal year winners of the green card lottery have been randomly selected and will thus be eligible to apply for a green card if they qualify. The green card lottery benefits those who do not have a sponsor that can help them legally immigrate to the U.S.
The heralding in of the digital age has made life easier for many in Kentucky. It seems like these days people can shop, make financial transactions, pay bills and do just about anything online -- including applying for immigration benefits.
Many people who come to Kentucky from abroad will ultimately seek U.S. citizenship. Doing so may be one of the most important decisions they will ever make. Because so much is at stake, those seeking U.S. permanent residency or U.S. citizenship will want to make sure they do not miss any steps in the application process.
Marijuana use is starting to become more acceptable to many in our country, to the point that some states have even legalized the possession of small amounts of recreational or medical marijuana. However, the possession and sale of marijuana is not legal in Kentucky or under federal law. In fact, simply working in the marijuana industry in any state could bar an immigrant from obtaining U.S. citizenship.
Many types of immigration procedures, including pursuing U.S. permanent residency, require the applicant to have an interview with an official from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is important to prepare as much as possible for these interviews, as a poor interview could lead to the denial of a Green Card, citizenship or other immigration status a person in Kentucky or elsewhere is pursuing. The following are some tips on how to conduct yourself during the interview process, but the information in this post does not constitute legal advice. Therefore, those who have questions on the process will want to seek professional guidance.
When a same-sex couple in Kentucky or elsewhere in the United States has children, it is not unusual for them to do so through surrogacy, in which one partner's biological material will be used to fertilize an egg that will be implanted in a surrogate who would become pregnant and ultimately give birth to the child. However, surrogacy becomes complicated when one partner is a U.S. citizen, while the other is not.
Employers in Kentucky and across the United States often need highly-skilled workers to fulfill various roles within their organizations. These employers may want to expand their pool of applicants to include those who live abroad. However, migrants seeking U.S. permanent residency based on an employment-based visas face challenges in doing so.
The wait time for foreign-born workers looking to obtain an employment-based green card is growing significantly longer. This is frustrating both for those seeking U.S. permanent residency and those in the U.S. who want to hire them. Kentucky residents may be surprised to hear that some of those seeking a H-1B employment visa are waiting over 12 months for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to process their applications. This does not include the decade-long wait some foreign-born workers must undergo to obtain a green card.
Many foreign-born people working in Kentucky and across the United States have a college degree. There are four common ways a person from another nation can lawfully reside in the U.S. They could obtain a H-1b visa, an F-1 visa, a green card or through the Optional Practical Training program.