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House bill introduced to offer visas to Syrian Kurds

California residents may be interested to learn that a bipartisan bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would provide visas to Syrian Kurds who have worked as interpreters and in other capacities fighting against the Islamic State. The Syrian Partner Protection Act is similar to the special visas offered during the Bush administration to Afghanis and Iraqis who assisted the United States.

The bill's cosponsors are a Democrat from Colorado, Rep. Jason Crow, and a Republican from Florida, Rep. Michael Waltz. Both were officers in the military, and both have combat experience. The bill would ensure that 4,000 visas would be available for each year for Syrians or any other individuals who assisted the U.S. military.

Issues of concern for California immigrants seeking naturalization

It can be frustrating to set a particular goal in life and then realize, after the fact, that you don't have the resources or ability to accomplish it. For instance, if you want to join the military but you have a past injury or current health condition that makes you ineligible to do so, you might feel disappointed or upset that your ultimate plan does not seem doable at this time.

If you happen to be among the thousands of California residents who emigrated to the United States from other countries of origin, one of your goals might be to become a naturalized citizen of the U.S. Perhaps, you have friends or family members who have already navigated the process. As you set out to bring your own hopes and dreams to fruition, it's essential to build a strong support network.

A look at Guatemala as a safe third country

Some California residents may be curious to see how the "safe third country" deal will play out. It seems that the Trump administration is getting closer to finalizing this agreement, which means that sending asylum-seekers who arrive at U.S. borders back to Guatemala could take place sooner than later.

The idea behind the "safe third country" deal is that when asylum-seekers arrive at the U.S. border, they will be sent back to other countries they pass through, like Guatemala, no matter where their journey started. Other deals have been struck with countries like El Salvador and Honduras, but agreements with these countries have not yet been implemented.

A look at the opposition between civil rights and immigration

While many are questioning how the process of immigration could be made more doable and efficient for families in California, there appear to be numerous hurdles that must first be overcome in finding a viable solution. With a growing number of families who are affected by policies that are keeping them separated from each other, many are seeking a solution that offers immediate relief. 

In a recent report released by the U.S. Government, officials criticized the Trump Administration's approach to immigration policies saying that they are openly violating the civil rights of people seeking to have a better life in the United States. Citing some of the reasons why they believe such policies to be in violation of the rights of immigrants, certain officials believe it is critical that an alternative solution is implemented to provide more compassion and tolerance. 

California immigrants have resources available to learn English

No matter how far you traveled or how long you planned ahead of time to come to the United States to live and work, you undoubtedly encountered a few challenges in the process. If learning English as a second language is new to you, you might experience frustration or confusion as you settle into life in California. Public situations, like being a grocery store line, for instance, can try your patience if you have trouble understanding what the clerk or people around you are saying.

Perhaps, one of your ultimate goals as an immigrant in the United States is to one day apply for naturalized citizenship. To pass the test, you will definitely have to show that you can read, write, understand and speak English. International students often use helpful tips to become fluent in English. This, as well as building a strong support network from the start, can help you accomplish your goals.

Keeping the American dream alive

For almost the entirety of its existence as a country, people around the world have dreamt of coming to America to make a better life for themselves. Between our efforts at U.S. Law Center here in California and your vision as an employer, we believe that we can continue to foster that dream for generations to come.

Our practice involves a multi-stage support system that empowers your ability to secure and retain the best talent around the world in fields as diverse as government, defense, tech, research and medicine. Please continue to read on for a brief overview of how we aim to make the process of hiring from overseas easier.

What are the green card eligibility categories?

There are many diverse paths to citizenship for people living outside of the U.S. To obtain a green card, which allows permanent legal residency, you must fit into one of the eligibility categories. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains a few of these categories so you can make a determination about your future. 

Green card as a special immigrant

How can I deal with stress after emigrating?

Stress can be caused by many different circumstances. This is especially pertinent for people who've emigrated to the U.S. from another country, who may experience stress about their new living situation or the legal hurdles associated with the immigration process. Because stress can impact both your mental and physical health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following advice. 

Talking with people you care about can be a great way to relieve stress. Along with friends and family, you can also talk to others in your community about the issues you're facing. Simply getting worries off your chest can have a profound impact, while also helping you identify healthy coping mechanisms for the future. If problems are becoming worse or you feel you're experiencing symptoms of depression, consider speaking with a professional counselor or therapist for professional assistance. 

What religious rights to U.S. citizens have?

Immigrants to the U.S. often come to this country in search of greater freedoms than they enjoyed in their countries of origin. One essential freedom is the freedom to practice the religion of your choosing, which is an important part of personal expression that this country holds in high regard. Understanding these rights is crucial, as it will allow you to address issues in your community. Tolerance.org offers the following advice. 

All people are free to practice the religion of their choosing according to the first amendment. They're also permitted to gather freely with others of the same religion and worship in a pre-established meeting place. The government is not allowed to interfere with religious gatherings unless it's believed that they pose a threat to public safety or involve some type of criminal wrongdoing. In this case, government officials would be allowed to pursue claims as they would any others. 

Immigrants increasingly fearful of using public benefits

A forthcoming change to the "public charge" rule may affect as many as 2 million people living in California, potentially impacting their ability to secure green cards if they are recipients of public assistance. Because of the proposed change, which could potentially take effect within a matter of weeks, many immigrants and immigrant families are becoming increasingly fearful of utilizing public assistance programs they have come to rely on.

As of right now, The Mercury News reports that anyone looking to secure a green card must first demonstrate that they are not going to create a financial burden for the United States. To do so, they must show that they are not going to become "public charges," or people who utilize U.S. cash welfare programs or publicaly funded institutional care.

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