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Green Card Tales: Immigration Battles To Live And Work Legally In The United States

Trying to understand all the ins-and-outs of green cards and permanent residence? It is not as simple as it seems.

But you are in good hands. We have found and curated the latest, breaking news articles on green cards and permanent residence, from hundreds of sources, and share them with you here.

In essence, given the amount of obstacles faced by immigrants seeking to legalize their status, this news section might be deemed Green Card And Permanent Residence Tales: Immigration Battles To Live And Work Legally In The U.S.

U Visa Relief For Immigrant Victims Of Crime Exceeds Early Expectations

I recall when the U Visa Program was initially launched.

I doubted the program’s ability to succeed. I did not think many undocumented immigrants would be willing to act as quasi-informants and embrace the notion of actively assisting law enforcement agencies in combating certain forms of crime.

Although a special immigration program promoted on humanitarian and abuse protection policies, I doubted widespread participation.

In short, a U visa petition requires certification that the victim, generally an immigrant without documents to live legally in the U.S., has been helpful to law enforcement – and that step, alone, seemed to signify the program’s uphill struggle for acceptance.

Read More Here: U Visa Relief For Immigrant Victims Of Crime Alive And Well

The Need To Fix Our Antiquated Family Visa System Continues To Grow

The shortcomings of the family visa system have been known by Congress and Administration officials for many years. However, reform opponents have shown little interest in fixing these problems.

Instead, they have lamented the current family-based processes since the last major change to our visa change in the early 1960s.

During the 2013 and 2014 reform discussions, opponents sought changes which would convert the U.S. visa system into an employment driven approach.

Meanwhile, the waiting list keeps growing, and the time immigrants spend waiting gets longer.

More than 4.4 million people are on the legal immigrant visa waiting list according to the State Department’s annual tally. That is 100,085 more people waiting for legal immigrant visas than at the same time last year. Ninety-eight percent of those waiting have been sponsored by a family member in the United States.

To read the full blog post, go here: Trapped In The 1960s: Immigrant Relative Visas

Immigration Support For Family Unity Waivers Expansion Not Yet Earned

The recent decision by President Obama to expand I-601 family unity waivers on a provisional basis to more family members is a step in the right direction.

However, one big problems still lurks. How many will be able to meet the requisite extreme hardship standard?

Not ordinary hardship. Not unusual hardship.

For this reason, the public hoopla surrounding the announcement needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

For more, continue here: Why The Expansion Of Family Unity Waivers Needs To Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt

Is Recent Executive Action Delay Another Political Deception?

How many rejections does it take before the political reality sets in?

Despite promising in no uncertain terms that he would take action on immigration policy in the absence of congressional legislation, merely three months ago, President Obama backtracked.


Honestly, given the president’s record on immigration reform, why did any immigrant rights activist expect anything different?

The handwriting was on the wall a few weeks weeks ago, when it was announced the president was thinking about delaying executive action to defer deportations of non-violent and non-criminal undocumented immigrants.

Find out more here: Executive Action Put On Hold: Immigration Delay Or Political Deception?

Supreme Court Limits Child Status Protection Act Safeguards Against Aging Out

Imagine this scenario.

You’re the child of an immigrant, who is being sponsored by a new U.S. citizen spouse to become a permanent resident. As the child, you are a derivative beneficiary.

The family petition for your mother is quickly approved. However, the required wait to file your application for a green card takes several years. During that time, you turn 21.

Because you are no longer a minor child, you are placed in a new immigration category. Under the new category, the wait now extends your waiting time another 10 years.

Learn More Here: Despite Child Status Protection Act, Supreme Court Affirms Immigrants Age Out Of Green Card Lines

Ancestry Visas: A Direct Path To Permanent Residency And Citizenship

Here’s an interesting idea for family-friendly immigration reform.

Ancestry Visas.

Could this concept work under U.S. permanent residency rules? I think so.

Of course, the ride forward will be bumpy.

Discover more here: Ancestry Visas For The United States?

A Jamaican Immigrant’s Persistence Reunites Family After 20-Year Wait

Contrary to an image perpetuated by many public officials, media personalities, and bloggers opposed to immigration reform, not all immigrants jump the border to reunite with family members.

As most green card experts would attest, an antiquated system of allotting visas to immigrants from other countries causes an undue delay in processing valid applications to become permanent residents of the United States.

The story of Celis Wignall and her daughter, Miriam Robinson, is one such tale.

For more, click here: A Jamaican Story Of Persistence: Why The U.S. Green Card System Needs An Overhaul

Are Lebanese Immigrants Being Denied Visas To Enter The U.S.?

Once again, seemingly innocent immigration actions appear to have beneath-the-surface political originals.

In recent weeks, several Lebanese businessmen claim the U.S. is revoking their visas without providing any rationale for such actions.

Some have been traveling to the U.S. for many years and have never experienced any problems. Thus, the sudden loss of travel privileges is not only surprising, but also damaging to their businesses.

U.S. government officials deny these allegations.

U.S. Embassy Denies Canceling Thousands Of Lebanese Visas
The Lebanon Daily Star, Kareem Shaheen, July 16, 2013

Reports claiming that thousands of Lebanese citizens have had their visas to the U.S. revoked were “categorically untrue,” U.S. Embassy spokesperson Amanda Johnson, speaking to the media, called the reports “categorically untrue.”

She added, “The State Department has broad authority … to revoke visas if subsequent to issuance there is information that comes to light that would either make the person ineligible for a visa or inadmissible to the United States.”

Given the subtle double speak, I tend to think the Lebanese claims are likely valid.

Estimates are that up to 3,000 have had their visas revoked.

The Lebanese visa issue may be related to the civil war in neighboring Syria. There are currently over 1 million Syrian refugees who have moved into Lebanon since the start of Syria’s domestic crisis. According to the U.S. Embassy, the amount of visa requests by Syrians living in Lebanon have vastly increased in recent months.

It is not a wild guess to surmise that the Lebanese visa denials are related to the higher non-Lebanese visa requests. The question, then, becomes why the two issues would be linked in the U.S. government’s eyes.

Immigration News Curation By Carlos Batara