Even if you have come to California or elsewhere in the United States with the intention of becoming a citizen, you may still have strong ties and a sense of loyalty to your home country. If you do not want to renounce your former nationality, it may be possible for you to gain dual citizenship. At the U.S. Law Center, we see many cases involving people who go through the process of becoming a U.S. while still remaining a national of their country of birth.
Acquiring an employment visa and starting a new job in California may be an exciting move for a foreign national who is eager to spend time in the United States. Being able to live and work in the country legally is not always an easy process, but Chron.com points out that once people have work permits, the federal government prohibits employers from discriminating against them.
California and other states that border Central America are often places where people who are fleeing from violence come across into the United States seeking asylum. Unfortunately, not every person who has escaped from life-threatening conditions is granted refugee status. NPR reports that some churches in the country are now providing a few of these undocumented immigrants with a temporary home while working to appeal deportation orders.
Immigrants who are in California or elsewhere in the United States legally may have a number of options when it comes to becoming a permanent resident. According to Vice News, while not everyone wants to obtain a green card, federal and state officials and non-profit groups are working to make it easier for those who are interested.