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Injured in a job-related accident in North Carolina?

There are many types of jobs in North Carolina. Each job requires various forms of training and expertise and some pose higher personal safety risks than others. Still, every worker has the right to reasonably expect that an employer does what is necessary to maintain a safe and healthy working environment on a daily basis. One concern involves the potential for an employee to be injured in a job-related accident or become ill through toxins in the workplace.

In such circumstances, it is typically advisable to contact a legal professional as soon as possible after an accident has occurred. Workers' compensation claims are sometimes subject to time limitations. An employee may have as little as 30 days to file a report with an employer after suffering an injury or illness on the job.

North Carolina immigrants may need help seeking asylum

Many people who come to the United States in search of better lives have fled their homelands because of extreme conditions of poverty or situations of imminent danger. Immigrants who cross the nation's borders undocumented sometimes approach immigration officials, requesting that they be granted asylum. A clinic outside North Carolina has offered assistance to those in such circumstances for the past 15 years.

One man stated that he fled his native Cameroon in fear for his life. Federal law requires that credible fear interviews be conducted at the border for those who seek asylum. Some have been victims of rape, torture or other severe violence.

A job-related accident sometimes leads to legal intervention

North Carolina workers perform various duties each day that range from benign to extremely hazardous, depending upon the job. As in all other states, when a job-related accident occurs, workers who survive their injuries are typically entitled to file compensation claims for benefits. Under certain circumstances, however, a worker or the immediate family members of an employee who has not survived his or her injuries, determines a need to seek legal intervention in the matter.

An employer is obligated to maintain a safe environment for his or her employees in the workplace. This would include making sure that all equipment is up-to-date according to safety standards and regulations. An employer must also see to it that every worker has been properly trained and prepared for his or her position, especially when the use of heavy machinery will be involved on the job.

Immigrants may face unexpected challenges

Many North Carolina newcomers face a number of challenges when trying to integrate themselves into their new communities. Some immigrants find assimilation difficult because of discrimination, whether at school, in the workplace or during the normal course of their everyday activities. One man was imprisoned for more than 10 years for crimes the court now acknowledges  he did not commit.

The now-46-year-old man is an immigrant who was charged for multiple rapes against women. He seems to have been targeted because of certain markings on his face. He was convicted and sentenced to prison, where he has remained for the last 16 years. His daughter says that she has always believed her father in his adamant and often-repeated profession of innocence.

North Carolina legal assistance for immigrants

For various reasons, hundreds of thousands of people enter the United States from foreign lands in search of better lives, greater opportunity and the freedoms that Americans hold so dear. Immigrants who have lived in North Carolina for several years sometimes choose to seek adjustments of status by applying for green cards. Meanwhile, others decide to take steps toward becoming U.S. citizens.

The Quinn Law Firm understands the often-complicated aspects of the status adjustment process. If you want to become a permanent legal resident of the United States, but you have questions or concerns regarding how best to proceed to achieve your goals, you can contact our firm for guidance in the matter. Our attorney provides dedicated service based on experience and an understanding of immigration and naturalization law.

Regarding immigrant work visas in North Carolina and beyond

In North Carolina and throughout the nation, issues concerning immigrants who receive temporary permission to seek paid employment in the United States are an ongoing concern for many. The Immigration and Nationality Act limits the number of immigrant work visas available per year. A number of individual circumstances have bearing on whether a particular person might be eligible for a visa.

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are listed in a preference category regarding the number of available work visas offered each year. This would include parents of children who are age 21 or older, spouses and children not yet 21 years of age. Sometimes, the demand for immigrant visas exceeds the number of visas available. In such circumstances, the system uses priority dates and waiting lists to develop an applicant queue.

Assistance offered to those seeking U.S. citizenship

In North Carolina and throughout the nation, many thousands of people have emigrated from foreign lands. Many immigrants choose to seek U.S. citizenship once established in their new communities. An immigration advocate, who is also an elected alderman in his state, recently helped more than 100 people file applications to become U.S. citizens.

The advocate once worked as an aide for a U.S. Congressman. He stated that he learned a lot from his former employer with regard to immigration advocacy and wants immigrants to know that they can seek assistance in his office when they find themselves in need of help in applying for citizenship. He offered a public workshop on a recent Monday in order to help people file papers to become U.S. citizens, as well as assist those with other needs regarding their statuses. The congressman, whose immigration advocacy efforts have been featured in a nationally televised special, said that he urges all immigrants with permanent statuses to apply for citizenship.

Green card limits may affect potential North Carolina immigrants

Various limitations and restrictions that apply to those seeking to navigate the processes of attaining residency in the United States seem to favor those of certain types of countries over others. With regard to obtaining a green card, for instance, no country's applicants may apply for more than 7 percent of the available cards. This appears to affect those from larger countries in a negative way, some of whom may want to reside in North Carolina.

Naysayers of the current system claim that these restrictions amount to discrimination against immigrants coming from larger countries. Those who are seeking green cards from places like China, Mexico or India are sometimes forced to wait up to 21 years because of the 7 percent quota. Many seeking reform have stated that the system should be based on a first-come-first-served basis, rather than country of origin.

U.S. citizenship public ceremonies held outside North Carolina

Thousands of immigrants have taken up residence throughout the United States. Some choose to enter the process of becoming naturalized citizens. In an effort to raise public awareness and better connect immigrants with their surrounding communities, a city outside North Carolina has begun holding U.S. citizenship ceremonies outdoors so the public can participate.

A special initiatives manager of the town stated that she believes hosting these special ceremonies in open, public spaces inspires a powerful experience for many who have never witnessed such a thing. Approximately 20 immigrants were honored at a recent naturalization ceremony. Some of the countries represented there were Egypt, Brazil and Taiwan.

Complications often experienced in family immigration

There are approximately 11.3 million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States, thousands of whom live in North Carolina. Depending upon the circumstances of an individual situation, the process of family immigration can be quite complicated, drawn out and frustrating for those involved. One couple in a southern state lost their status after their request for application to citizenship took more than 10 years.

The couple had emigrated from Ecuador along with three children, one of whom was a 6-month-old daughter at the time. In the years that followed, the parents worked hard to raise their children and send them to school. However, they lived in constant fear of deportation and kept their undocumented status a secret.