Whether you just arrived in the United States within the past month or have been living and working here for more than a decade, as an immigrant, you may have certain things in common with others who traveled similar journeys to Kentucky. There are generally several reasons why people from other countries of origin decide to immigrate to the U.S.

One can categorize such reasons in two ways: push or pull. If you left your initial homeland because of adverse circumstances, you may have come to the U.S. for reasons in the push category. If something or someone in the United States was the reason you decided to come here to live, then your situation falls under the pull category. In either case, you likely encountered numerous challenges as you adapted to your new lifestyle.

Religion, government, jobs and other issues

In addition to language difficulties or trouble adjusting to a new culture, you may encounter legal challenges regarding a visa or other official business. In such situations, it is critical that you know where to seek support. The following list shows the most common reasons people cite for coming to the United States to live and also some of the problems that may arise in connection with each:

  • If your country of origin was war torn, you may have felt compelled to flee to the U.S. for safety. A common problem in this type of situation is that many who do so cross borders without proper paperwork in order.
  • You may have already had a family member living and working in Kentucky or another state who encouraged you to seek new opportunities here, as well. Entering the U.S. on a family-based visa often includes legal complications.
  • Perhaps it was the thought of clean water and healthier living conditions that was the guiding factor in your decision to immigrate.
  • If an employer offered you a job, then your reasons for coming to the U.S. may have been based on that offer. There are many requirements involved in employment-based immigration, which may lead to problems if someone doesn’t do what he or she is supposed to do.

It can make your transition all the more stressful if the U.S. government calls your legal status into question. You may even face detention until you can sort out the situation. This is why it is always a good idea to have all your paperwork in order and stay updated on current U.S. immigration laws. If you are without paperwork, you may especially need guidance from an outside source if a legal problem arises.