Many people from abroad are hired by employers in the United States. There may be job opportunities in the U.S. that aren't available in an immigrant's home country. Or, a company in the U.S. may have sought out an immigrant employee to work in a specialized field. Therefore, some immigrants will seek an employment-based visa.
Whether people are visiting Mammoth Cave National Park, attending the Kentucky Derby or visiting one of Kentucky's other famous destinations, tourism is a big part of the economy in Kentucky. Like many other tourist areas, some facilities in Kentucky rely on immigrants with a H-2B visa to work for them. For some employers, hiring immigrants with these visas is essential, as they are unable to find Americans willing to work for them. However, only 66,000 of these visas are issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services each year.
People in Kentucky may have any number of reasons for immigrating to the United States. However, the immigration process is not always quick or easy. For some people it takes years to obtain U.S. permanent residency. Therefore, it may seem unlikely that a person would purposefully abandon that status. However, it is entirely possible for a person to lose their status as a permanent resident of the U.S. through intentional abandonment.
U.S. citizenship is sought after by many immigrants in Kentucky and across the nation. However, the naturalization process can be a lengthy one, meaning that those with Green Cards will reside lawfully in our nation as U.S. permanent residents, but will not be considered U.S. citizens until naturalization is achieved. Still, it is important to have a clear picture of how many people reside in each state and whether they are U.S. citizens. Therefore every 10 years, the United States government conducts a census.
Many immigrants in Kentucky and nationwide are seeking asylum from countries where it is no longer safe for them to live. America is the land of the free, where even immigrants have rights. However, what if these immigrants find that their rights are being violated?
There are many different ways an immigrant in Kentucky or elsewhere could obtain a "green card." The green-card lottery -- officially known as the diversity visa lottery -- gives individuals from certain nations the chance to obtain a green card. The lottery started in 1995, and its purpose is to make sure that the United States has diversity in its immigrants. Therefore, it applies to people who come from nations that are underrepresented in the U.S.
Immigrants have many reasons for coming to America. They may be in search of better jobs, better opportunities for their children or a place of refugee from their war-torn or oppressive homeland. Therefore, when the federal government makes any changes to its policies regarding immigration, these should be carefully noted by those in Kentucky and nationwide.
The United States has long been the "Land of Opportunity," so it is no surprise that some immigrants in Kentucky and across the nation will one day want to apply for U.S. citizenship. The path towards citizenship can be confusing, and one misstep could delay the process. Fortunately, the attorneys at our firm understand what is necessary to become a U.S. citizen, and we are able to help our clients every step of the way.
Once an immigrant in Kentucky becomes a permanent resident, the next step in the immigration process they may want to take is to officially become a U.S. citizen. The application process for U.S. citizenship is also referred to as "naturalization." However, there are certain requirements that a person must satisfy in order to be eligible for U.S. citizenship.
Many immigrants in Kentucky come to our nation with dreams of a better life for them and their families. Once here, they may be anxious to start the process of becoming citizens of the United States. Therefore, it is important for them to understand both the rights and the responsibilities that come with U.S. citizenship.