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US permanent residence vs. citizenship for world-traveler fiancée

Americans love to travel so, naturally enough, journeys overseas are one of the most common ways U.S. citizens meet future spouses from abroad. If you and your fiancé or fiancée are both world travelers, however, you should know that U.S. immigration law requires people seeking naturalization to physically live in the United States for an extended period of time. The rules are less strict for permanent residency, however.

Green card holder? You qualify for the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare,” is set up to give Americans access to affordable health insurance regardless of whether they have a preexisting condition, have coverage available through their employers, or couldn’t afford health insurance in the past. If you’re a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., your green card makes you eligible to purchase insurance through the ACA’s online insurance exchange.

Immigration reform may impact NC farm laborers

North Carolina has a booming agricultural base that has helped bolstered the state's economy for many years. While farmers in the state count on successful crops to keep their farms operating into the future, the success of those farms is often driven by the hard-working men and women who labor on the land as employees of the farm owners.

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.

Immigration officials use tattoos to evaluate visa applications

Tattoos can be used to express affection, personal identity and group membership, among other things. But it is their ability to signal gang affiliation that is causing problems for immigrants seeking green cards. Applicants for lawful permanent residency are finding it increasingly difficult to convince State Department and immigration officials that their tattoos are nothing more than harmless ink instead of the markings associated with criminal organizations.

Immigrants could be affected by revised version of VAWA

Immigrants in North Carolina and around the country face a number of challenges. Some face the additional obstacle of being in an abusive relationship, but the Violence Against Women Act has provided them with some protection. The Act is up for renewal, and both chambers of Congress have passed competing versions of the Act, but they are vastly different and have distinctly disparate effects on immigrants in this country. The Senate version would increase the protections currently available to immigrants, while the House rendition would curtail a number of provisions of the law that protect immigrants who are the victims of domestic violence.

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