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Visa program could help some immigrants in North Carolina

Immigration law is a broad and complex subject and some of its lesser-known, though still vitally important, areas can become overshadowed by the emphasis on other provisions and rules. For example, take the special immigrant juvenile status visa program, which is given the acronym SIJS. Under the program, if an immigrant is listed as a dependent of the state, is not married and has not yet reached the age of 21, he or she can become a lawful permanent resident.

Robert Downey injured while working on North Carolina movie set

Though movie stars are typically known for living glamorous lifestyles, which many do, it's hard to remember that they are also susceptible to injury on the job. One of Hollywood's biggest stars, Robert Downey Jr., recently discovered this after an on-set workplace accident in North Carolina created setbacks for production of his latest film.

Lawsuit filed to challenge deferred action immigration program

Last week on our Greensboro immigration blog we noted the beginning of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gives certain eligible illegal immigrants a reprieve from deportation and a chance to earn a two-year work permit. While the program offers temporary help to young immigrants, it is not without its critics, some of whom have instituted legal action against it.

Problems linger for state-administered workplace safety programs

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed by the federal government in the 1970s, individual states had the option to enforce workplace safety regulations on a state level. In total, 26 states, North Carolina included, decided to administer their own programs with some federal oversight.

Deferred action program for young immigrants opens today

Today marks the time when qualifying undocumented immigrants in North Carolina can begin to apply for a deferred action program announced by President Obama in June. For those who meet eligibility requirements, the plan promises a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation and provides illegal immigrants with work permits.

Driver veers off North Carolina highway, kills 2 road workers

North Carolina authorities and the family members of two men are currently on the search for answers. On a recent afternoon, a vehicle swerved off the highway and into two road construction workers on the side of the road. Unfortunately, both men, aged 56 and 60, died as a result of their work-related injuries.

E-2 visa rules present problems for immigrants

The United States has long held itself out as the land of economic opportunity, attracting immigrants from around the world who wanted to find a better life through hard work. But that comforting image of advancement and prosperity belies a bitter reality facing many immigrants who have sought visas here. In fact, current immigration law puts up many hurdles that immigrants are finding increasingly hard to surmount.

Court grants workers' comp to injured woman who retired early

Anyone who has been injured on the job understands how an accident can affect a person's outlook for employment. The financial concerns of being unable to meet the demands of a full-time job can be very disconcerting. However, readers in North Carolina may be interested to read about one woman who was allowed to receive workers' compensation benefits, even after her early retirement.

Some to protest immigration laws at DNC in North Carolina

This September, Charlotte will host the Democratic National Convention. Immigration issues will undoubtedly play a significant role in this fall's presidential election, and they will likely have a major place at the DNC, where a number of undocumented immigrants plan to stage an act of protest.

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