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USCIS announces new app for those seeking replacement green cards

One way for immigrants living in Corona, California to remain in the United States legally is to obtain a green card. However, should that green card expire or become lost or damaged, applying for a replacement card will be necessary. At US Law Center, we know how important it is to you to have valid proof of your status as a permanent resident.

According to its website, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has now made replacing your green card much easier thanks to a new mobile form that has been released. You can register for an online account at no cost. The process for applying for a new green card entails filling out form I-90, which you can then do from your mobile device. Your account allows you to send secure messages to USCIS and to track the status of your application.

What to do if ICE is at the door

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a relatively recent agency of the United States government. ICE came into existence in 2003, and the organization's goal is to remove undocumented immigrants from the country. 

In the recent political climate, many people have worried about the range of actions ICE agents can take. The concern has become particularly prevalent in Southern California. Many immigrants worry that ICE agents may show up at their doors and deport them. Here are the steps to take if ICE agents come knocking. 

Trump throws support behind point system-based immigration bill

Obtaining a green card or becoming a U.S. citizen is the ultimate goal for many workers who come to California. Immigration reform has been a central aim for the Trump administration and now President Donald Trump has publicly supported a bill that would drastically alter the methods for determining who is eligible to become a permanent resident.

According to CNN, the bill proposes to rate candidates using a point system. Points would be given in a number of different categories and only those who make the grade would be eligible to receive a visa. For example, a person with an advanced degree would earn more points than someone who did not go to college. Additional points are available for those with extraordinary achievements, such as Olympic athletes and Nobel Prize winners.

A look at what relationships are “bona fide” under the travel ban

Many immigrants who live in Riverside County have close relatives that still reside in their country of origin. It is not uncommon for immigrants to seek to have their close family members come to visit them in the United States. However, the narrowed version of the Trump administration’s travel ban approved by the U.S. Supreme Court has barred travel into the country from people from certain countries unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with someone living in the U.S., reports Bloomberg.

Under the original wording of the order, a bona fide relationship could be with either an entity, such as a school or employer, or with a close family member. Parents and children (including in-laws), spouses and siblings all made the cut. Other familial relationships did not, even though they may be considered part of a close family unit to many people.

15,000 visas to become available for seasonal workers

While some people come to Riverside County from other countries to stay for an extended or permanent basis, others immigrate to the area in order to find temporary work. These types of workers provide vital services to companies that experience an influx of activity during certain times of the year. At US Law Center, we understand that having a full staff during busy seasons is essential to your business’s success.

Thanks to a new measure by the Department of Homeland Security, your business may soon able to take advantage of such seasonal workers. CNN reports that 15,000 H-2B visas will be available in coming days. This type of visa can be utilized by non-agricultural workers who can remain in the country on a temporary basis. In order to qualify, you will need to certify under oath that your business will suffer harm if you are unable to hire workers through this type of visa.

Enactment of International Entrepreneur Rule pushed back to 2018

California is well-known as a place where tech companies are founded by those looking to create new and innovative products. Many of those who are responsible for some of the most successful businesses in this field came to the United States from other countries. They chose to immigrate to Corona and other communities in order to pursue the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

However, a new delay announced by the Trump administration could this make this harder for some seeking to come to the U.S. Implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule, which would have allowed those looking to establish businesses in the U.S. entry into the country for 30 months, has been pushed back. This news is especially detrimental to the tech industry, where immigrants were involved in founding more than half of startups whose value was placed at over $1 billion.

3 reasons to update your Form I-20 as an F-1 student

As an international student with an F-1 visa, you might feel concerned about the current political climate regarding immigration. You want to do everything right to ensure you do not lose your immigration status. How can you maintain your immigration status? What happens if you need to change your major, transfer schools or update your address?

You do not need to navigate these questions alone. Keep reading for more information on updating your Form I-20 and remaining a student in America.

The outlook of U.S. immigration

The United States Immigration Law is an ever-changing, complex set of rules that is perhaps more important today than in previous years. California citizens may be wondering about the outlook and potential modifications of this law. The current state of the Immigration Law is still driven by its original mission to reunite families, admit immigrants for various job purposes, and protect refugees.

The American Immigration Council offers a wide scope of information regarding the details of the Immigration Law, application information, and other resources regarding immigration. The AIC acknowledges the work carried out by The Immigration and Naturalization Act, the body of law governing the immigration policy that provides for an annual worldwide limit of 675,000 permanent immigrants. There is a numerical visa limit on the admittance of immigrants. These limits apply to family members, certain employees of U.S. companies, the number of immigrants coming from each country, and refugees and asylees. The Diversity Visa Program is another alternative that supplies relief to those coming from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. There is also the Temporary Protected Status relief, which helps those who cannot return to their country due to natural disaster, and the Deferred Enforced Departure, which provides protection to immigrants whose countries are unstable and dangerous.

Detainees’ rights at stake as case ordered to be reheard

Not every immigrant who comes to live in Riverside County may be able to remain in the United States. Some people may not meet the criteria needed to qualify for asylum, while others who are in California legally may be faced with deportation if they are convicted of a crime. At US Law Center, we understand how scary and intimidating it can be when being forced to leave the country is a real possibility.

People who are facing deportation are often held in a federal detention center until a court reaches a decision as to whether or not removal will be enforced. According to KQED, a case is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court that deals with the issue of how long people waiting for a decision may remain in federal custody. A federal court in California had previously ruled that people who were not a significant flight risk or danger to society should be released on bond after six months.

How can you transition from refugee to successful citizen?

If you are a refugee, transplanted in an unfamiliar country, chances are you are facing uncertainty regarding your future, well-being and personal success. Fortunately, through your determination to overcome the stigma often associated with being a refugee, you can absolutely transition to your newfound freedom, lifestyle and home in California.

The Huffington Post recently shared the story of a successful CEO who was once a refugee in a new country. In the article, the businessman shared his tips for how you can overcome the challenges of immigration and achieve success. These suggestions include the following:

  • Seek opportunity: Rather than wait for success to find you, take the initiative to search for opportunities around you. These can be found in your community, workplace or religious affiliation and can be leveraged to your advantage.
  • Overcome poverty: Often, refugees like yourself find themselves struggling to get by in a new country. However, never allow poverty or lack of abundant resources to be the reason you do not succeed. Think creatively and put your problem-solving skills to the test in finding solutions to setbacks and learning new ways of doing things.
  • Know your dream: Stay focused on your dreams. While you may be tempted to think that your childhood dreams are out of reach, consider what steps you need to take in order to achieve what you desire. Keep your goals realistic and do not be afraid to take risks.
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