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February 2018 Archives

Green cards, permanent residence and other immigrant challenges

Despite the varying and often heated opinions over immigration policies in America, immigrants are a crucial part of today's culture and economy. However, with recent changes to immigration laws in the U.S., many immigrants feel overwhelmed at processes involving green cards and citizenship; some even fear or are already threatened with deportation. Kentucky, like most states, holds an important place for immigrants in a number of regards. Nevertheless, today's political climate and strict policies can make permanent residence a confusing topic. 

Changes to the Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition process

You would more than likely find it nearly impossible to find someone in the United States, let alone here in Kentucky, who isn't aware of the current upheaval in immigration law going on in this country. Numerous changes already exist regarding certain laws and procedures, and if you are not aware of them, you could end up on the wrong side of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

What Is Asylum?

Asylum is available to foreign nationals who are unable to live in their nation of origin due to concerns about safety. Seeking asylum can be difficult, as it entails numerous steps, some of which are exceedingly complex. The American Council on Immigration provides the following insight for asylum seekers, many of whom are likely to be overwhelmed by the process.

How do I help a relative obtain asylee or refugee status?

If you are a refugee in Kentucky or have obtained asylee status within the last two years, then you may have the option of petitioning for a relative's asylee status. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Department, the relative in question must be your spouse or a child who is unmarried and was under the age of 21 when you were granted your own status.

Asylum applicants can refile for changes in circumstances

If you are seeking asylum in the U.S., getting here is half the battle, because you can only apply once you are in the country. If you don’t apply upon arrival and are now living in Kentucky or elsewhere in the U.S., you must file your application within one year. This is sometimes much easier said than done, however. The U.S. limits the number of refugees receiving asylum each year to 45,000, and beyond that, there are several additional reasons your application may be denied.