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U.S. Permanent Residency Archives

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.

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.

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.

Language barriers may exacerbate immigrants' health issues

When a person leaves his or her homeland and immigrates to the United States, he or she undoubtedly faces a great number of challenges during the journey.  When immigrants have fled war-torn nations or places where their lives were in constant danger, their mental conditions often suffer. Many, in North Carolina and beyond, find that language barriers impede their ability to get the help they need.

Why some North Carolina immigrants do not seek citizenship

Reports indicate that there are nearly 40,000 North Carolina residents and approximately nine million others nationwide who are eligible for citizenship in the United States but do not seek it. These immigrants have stated a variety of reasons for choosing not to pursue citizenship, with the top issue said to be related to financial cost. Some community leaders have urged those eligible to take steps to obtain citizenship in order to increase their opportunities within their communities.

Untouched file causes stress for North Carolina immigrant

Many North Carolina immigrants are people who fled their homelands to escape physical danger, extreme poverty and/or political oppression. Some have been in the United States for many years and have raised families, opened businesses and contributed to the marketplace and economy of the nation. It is not uncommon, however, for an immigrant to face potentially serious legal issues when circumstances become complex and complicated due to legal status or matters concerning visas, green cards or other documents. One immigrant recently lamented that she is very worried about her future due to a delay in her application for a renewal of her work permit.

North Carolina Marines suspected of immigrant marriage scam

A recent investigation involved service members stationed at a North Carolina Marine base. It is claimed that several Marines entered into fraudulent marriages in order to obtain extra benefits or provide a means for their spouses to apply for green cards in the United States. One immigrant, who is also a Marine, was convicted after a court martial in the case, but that conviction was recently overturned.

Undocumented immigrants tour will visit North Carolina

It has been noted that many persons residing in the United States without sufficient legal statuses tend to live in fear and become anxious at the thought of being discovered and potentially deported back to their native lands. Some undocumented immigrants, however, have chosen not only not to live in fear, but to speak out publicly about their experiences and life journeys. A group of people connected by similar circumstances started a tour across the nation in 2013 and have made plans to do it again this year, stopping in various locales, including North Carolina.

Immigrant families in North Carolina might fear deportation

A woman who came to the United States without documentation at the age of 21 recently shared her story and explained the many anxieties and fears she has faced over the years. Now married with children, the woman said that her fears of deportation have been exacerbated since becoming a mother. North Carolina immigrant families might relate to this woman's experiences.

North Carolina immigrants might qualify for TPS

Applicants who are eligible for temporary protected status (TPS) were recently encouraged to apply before August 18, 2015. Immigrants who have resided continuously within the United States since November 20, 2014 are eligible for TPS as long as they have been physically present in the United States since November 21, 2014. Recent information was given that discussed other eligibility factors, as well as circumstances that would render someone ineligible for application. The information is pertinent to North Carolina residents, as well as others throughout the nation.