Riverside County is a largely diverse area that has opened its arms to immigrants of many different nationalities. You may have heard negative statements about immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented. Sadly, there has been a great deal of prejudice against those who come to our country to find a better life. The following are some of the most common myths on immigration that are being perpetuated, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as the explanations that show how these statements are false.
If you have an employer or potential employer in the United States who wants you to work for a company in California, he or she may file a petition with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services so that you can receive a work visa. The USCIS explains that if you do not qualify for first or second preference employment-based visas, you may fit into one of the categories for a third preference visa, or EB-3.
The threat of deportation is real if you are an immigrant who has not been able to secure the proper documentation to remain in California or elsewhere in the United States. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies may be involved in apprehension, deportation proceedings and other immigration issues that may lead to your removal from the country. At the U.S. Law Center, we have answered the questions of many immigrants regarding prosecutorial discretion and when an immigrant may be allowed to remain in the United States.
Whether you are seeking refugee status, an employment visa to move to California, or you are applying for U.S. citizenship, the steps you must take are defined within the scope of U.S. immigration law. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and other federal agencies provide forms, instruction and other assistance, but many people choose to seek legal counsel, as well, particularly when it comes to appearing in court. We at the U.S. Law Center often provide advice and resources to assist immigrants at any stage of the process.