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December 2016 Archives

What kind of scams should immigrants be aware of?

If you are an immigrant living in Riverside County or Orange County, you may be eager to complete the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. For many people, this is possible when done through the proper channels. However, there are those out there looking to take advantage of unsuspecting people. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, here are some of the common scams that you should keep any eye out for when applying for citizenship.

Understanding the new fee increase for immigration applications

Whenever immigrants who wish to live in Riverside County apply for citizenship or for a green card, they must fill out an application and pay a fee. According to USA Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services falls within the purview of the Department of Homeland Security. However, unlike many government agencies, USCIS is not funded by money collected from taxpayers. The required applications fees are scheduled for an increase for the first time in many years.

What is the Hague Convention and how does it affect my adoption?

If you are adopting a child from outside the United States to live with you in Riverside County, the type of documentation you will need to file will depend largely on which country the child will be coming from. Adoptions from certain countries are governed by the Hague Convention. The Convention is an agreement between several countries that sets forth the standards for international adoptions.

A look at sanctuary cities and how they benefit the undocumented

The topic of immigration continues to heat up around the country and many residents of California are anxious to see what kind of policies the incoming federal administration will adopt in 2017. During the course of many conversations, people may have heard the term “sanctuary city” but are unsure what it is referring to.

A college education is possible for undocumented students

Better opportunities and access to education are just a few of the reasons why many immigrant families choose to relocate to Riverside and Orange Counties. Going to school is an important step toward success for many people. However, for those students who are undocumented, attending college may seem like an unattainable goal. There are some programs in place in California that allow those without the proper paperwork to still benefit from a college education.

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