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Divorce and your immigration status

There are a number of considerations to mull over if you are thinking about a divorce or you have already begun the process. Aside from legal issues which involve your finances or your children, you may also need to consider the potential implications of ending your marriage with respect to your immigration status. We understand that this can be exceptionally stressful, and unfortunately, some people have felt stuck or trapped in toxic marriages because they are worried about the consequences of ending their marriage regarding their immigration status.

Marriages come to an end for a plethora of reasons, and unfortunately there is a stereotype that some people who move to other countries and get married do so for immigration advantages. However, this is most certainly not always true, and many hard-working people have had their lives turned completely upside down because of a toxic marriage. For example, someone who may have moved to the U.S. to look for work may have gotten married to a U.S. citizen who they thought they were in love with. Later on, they may be subjected to spousal abuse but feel stuck in the marriage because they will suffer negative consequences with regard to immigration issues if they decide to file for a divorce.

TN nonimmigrant status for Canadian and Mexican professionals

When it comes to obtaining a work visa and moving to California, people who have a higher level of education and/or experience often have more options. Professionals who are citizens of Mexico or Canada have an option not available to foreign nationals from other countries because of the North American Free Trade Agreement. They may qualify for TN nonimmigrant status.

Eligibility for this status depends largely on the job.

Successfully maneuvering the green card process

For many people, the process of applying for a green card can be time-consuming, full of uncertainty and very stressful. Some people are unable to obtain a green card, and this can be especially frustrating when they would have been qualified for a green card but did not take the right approach to the process. Our law office knows how daunting the green card process can be, but we also know how rewarding it can be for those who have successfully worked their way through the entire process. If you are able to do so, your life may transform in various ways.

When people successfully handle the green card process, they may be able to pursue their professional dreams as well as other goals. Completing this process can bring a great deal of relief, and it can open up many new opportunities. However, in order to ensure your chances of a favorable outcome, it is important to be prepared. The more time and energy that you devote to the process and the more you focus on your application, the greater your chances of obtaining an end result that is in your favor.

Discussing immigration issues with your children

Immigration issues can be tough for all sorts of reasons. These cases can place a great deal of strain on one's emotional health, and an unfavorable outcome could interfere with one's career and their entire outlook on life as well as their future. From deportation to job-related problems, there are a number of potential consequences that people may face as a result of immigration matters. Moreover, these challenges can be especially difficult for those who have kids. If you have kids, they may be worried about what is going on and what may happen, and it is important to help them work through these hurdles as well.

You may want to have a discussion with your children and help them develop a clearer understanding of what is going on. By doing so, they may feel more informed and find themselves in a better position to process the hurdles that have arisen. Kids may worry about what will happen to their parent or their own lives, and these cases can place an incredible amount of strain on children. These worries can interfere with their ability to focus on school and they may interfere with their lives in other ways, whether they lose sleep at night or face problems in their relationships with friends and family members.

Divorce may make becoming a permanent resident more difficult

Your marriage was a day of happiness for several reasons. However, if you have since decided to call it quits with your spouse, and you hold a green card, you may need to pay special attention to what follows.

People who obtained a green card after marrying U.S. citizens, either due to birth or naturalization, may have some conditions on their status tied directly to the marriage. Divorce may affect any attempt to remain in the U.S. or obtain naturalization.

Managing stress over an immigration case

Whenever someone finds themselves in the middle of a legal issue related to immigration, there are a number of challenges that they may be dealing with. Not only could they face potentially serious consequences such as deportation, but they may be dealing with unbearably high stress levels as well. Extreme anxiety can cause a host of problems in one's life, adversely affecting their ability to secure a more favorable end result in court, creating problems in one's job and having a negative impact on someone's health. As a result, it is pivotal to manage this stress properly.

There are various ways you may be able to lower your stress levels if you are in the middle of a very difficult immigration case or have concerns about an immigration case surfacing in the near future. For example, certain activities such as hiking, reading or playing sports can help lower stress levels. Moreover, many people find that they are able to lower their anxiety by carefully examining the ins and outs of the case they are dealing with. Immigration law can be confusing and may generate a lot of uncertainty, but becoming more familiar with one's options can help lower stress levels.

When deportation affects an entire family

Immigration cases can be very tough, not only from an emotional viewpoint but with regard to a person's financial future and career outlook. Moreover, for those who have families, these cases can be very stressful and upsetting, especially if someone is facing the risk of deportation. In this post, we will look into some of the ways in which families in Corona and across the state of California are affected by the threat of deportation.

For starters, if someone who has a family is deported, their family may have to move with them or struggle with intense emotions due to separation. Deportation can derail a family's life in countless ways, interfering with a child's future and the lives of both parents. In fact, the threat of deportation in and of itself can turn an entire family upside down, even if a loved one is never deported. In some instances, people have been able to avoid deportation by carefully avoiding any issues that could affect their immigration status. Unfortunately, some people are not able to do so as a result of confusion regarding immigration laws or other difficulties they are dealing with.

Immigration issues and your career

When it comes to legal issues involving immigration, many different hardships may arise for those who have found themselves in this position. Sometimes, an immigration case can have a ripple effect throughout an entire family, and it may result in deportation, emotional challenges such as depression and many other hardships. However, the career impact of an immigration case can be especially difficult. For some people, the stress associated with confusion over immigration law in and of itself can have a negative impact on their job. If you are facing any challenges related to immigration and your career, figuring out the best course of action is essential.

Often, people who immigrate to the U.S. do so specifically for a job opportunity. Those who have relocated to the U.S. for work may be under a lot of pressure, especially if there are other challenges in their personal lives (such as leaving loved ones behind or anxiety associated with relocation). Unfortunately, an unfavorable outcome with regard to an immigration case could have a detrimental impact on one's future and their career. Aside from losing a job, a worker in this position may be unable to find work in a particular field, prompting them to switch to a less lucrative field.

ICE and CBP agents must not violate constitutional rights

Because of circumstances that have left you without the proper documentation to remain in the United States, you may worry that staying in California with your family may result in detention and deportation. At U.S. Law Center, our legal team works with immigrants to explain their rights and uphold these when government agents seek to violate them.

The U.S. Constitution protects your rights as well as citizens, which means the authorities cannot enter your home unless you give them permission or the agent has a signed warrant. You also have the right to refuse to answer questions, the right to speak to an attorney and the right to appear before an immigration judge. Because there are federal laws protecting these rights, anyone whose rights have been violated by a federal agent may bring the situation before the authorities and before the court system. 

What should I know about the credible fear screening?

Asylum seekers in the U.S. will be subject to a credible fear screening. This screening is used to determine whether there is a legitimate fear for your safety should you return to your home country. Credible fear screenings often occur when an asylum seeker is subject to expedited removal, as explained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

The first step is to inform an agent at Customs and Border Protection about your desire to apply for asylum. In this case, you'll need to communicate a few things to the agent in order to obtain a credible fear screening. First, you must state your desire to apply for asylum. Second, you must express that you fear torture or persecution if you're returned to your home country. At this point, you'll be detained in anticipation of the credible fear process.

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