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What is the general process for obtaining a Green Card?

There may be many reasons why a person would want to immigrate to the United States. Perhaps their home country is in a state of war, or in some other way is no longer safe to live in. Or they may be seeking job opportunities not available in their home country. Also, they may simply want to live with the rights and freedoms Americans enjoy. In the end, though, immigrants in Kentucky seeking U.S. Permanent Residency will need to obtain a Green Card.

United States sees significant uptick in immigration

America may be seen as the "land of opportunity" and, for this reason, many people immigrate to our nation each year in hopes of obtaining a brighter, more prosperous future. In fact, the past 16 years has seen a great increase in immigrants coming to the United States. Louisville residents may be surprised to hear that, according to one report, the number of immigrants in our country has surpassed 43 million. Moreover, if you count children born in the United States to immigrants that number is greater than 60 million. To put it another way, almost one-fifth of America's population is made up of immigrants.

Those in Kentucky seeking a visa may experience a wait time

Before an immigrant in Kentucky or across the nation can become a lawful permanent resident of the United States, he or she must be issued a visa. However, the government limits how many visas are available and, as of right now, there are more prospective immigrants seeking U.S. permanent residency than there are visas available. This means that not every immigrant will obtain a visa right away. How long it will take for the immigrant to be issued a visa is dependent on the immigrant's priority date, his or her preference category and the nation he or she is coming from.

Immigration: thousands fail to renew DACA applications

Some people in Kentucky were brought to the country as young children by their undocumented parents. Known as "dreamers," they do not remember any home other than the United States, and many did not find out until adulthood that they were, in fact, undocumented. This situation was rectified by the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program. However, the Trump administration is phasing out DACA, which could affect many.

What kind of workers can seek an employment-based Green Card?

Immigrants wishing to become permanent residents of the United States must first obtain a Green Card. While there are several ways an immigrant in Louisville can pursue a Green Card, sometimes a person seeks a Green Card as an immigrant worker. However, there are certain categories that one might fall under when seeking an employer-based Green Card.

Having a Green Card bestows certain rights, responsibilities

Immigrants come to the United States in hopes of finding a better future. So, when they finally get their Green Card, it is a day of celebration. However, immigrants in Louisville and nationwide should know that with a Green Card comes certain rights and responsibilities.

Proposed immigration billed includes merit-based system

Immigration continues to be a hot topic in the United States as the executive branch and legislative branch grapple with different ideas for reform. The latest proposal, announced by the president, would feature a point system for evaluating potential visa holders and aim to reduce the amount of legal immigration into the country.

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