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What you should know about filing an H-1B petition

Whether you are an employer submitting H-1B petitions to employ immigrant workers or you are a non-citizen wanting to work in the United States, there are several things you should know about the petition process. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, more than 201,000 H-1B petitions were received within a five-day filing period this year. Due to the extensive number of petitions submitted, however, not all cases are selected for processing.

The importance of maintaining your passport and visa

At Vickerstaff Law Office in Kentucky, we represent numerous international students who are legally in the United States by virtue of some type of a visa. We therefore know how important it becomes for them to keep their visa up-to-date, as well as the passport issued by their home country. Should one of these documents expire, the person could be in severe legal trouble.

What should I know about naturalization questions?

Foreign residents in the state of Kentucky who are exploring how to become United States citizens have likely heard about naturalization tests. If you wish to become a citizen, you can expect to be asked a certain number of civics questions during your naturalization process. To make sure you have the best chance of passing, you need to know what you will likely be asked and how best to prepare.

What is the L-1B visa?

There are many ways to legally enter the United States and make a home in Kentucky. One of those options is to secure an L-1B visa. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains this type of visa can enable you to live in the U.S. as part of a transfer for work.

What are the categories for green card eligibility?

There are many ways you can qualify to get a green card. Having this document enables you to live in the United States without fear of being deported from your home in Kentucky. However, to qualify, you do have to meet some specific requirements and fall into one of the qualified categories.

Reasons that you may consider getting a work permit

You have been given an opportunity to come to the United States to work, but will need to acquire adequate permission to do so before you are allowed entry. By following outlined procedures and being thorough in your application process, you can work with confidence and broaden your knowledge of a new country. Because this opportunity allows you the chance to discover, strengthen and learn new skills, it is critical that you do what is necessary to enter into the country. At Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC, we have helped many people in Kentucky to understand more about how immigration law works. 

What is the process to become a U.S. citizen?

If you are living in Kentucky and are not a U.S. citizen, you may wonder if you could become a citizen. The process is often talked about. People typically talk about how hard it is and how expensive, but they rarely talk about exactly what the process involves. Before you write it off as something you cannot do, take some time to learn about the process. You may be surprised at what you find out.

Green card membership: the process

Immigration policies have long been a point of debate in America. Many disagree over what rights immigrants should have in the nation, and when they should be eligible for permanent residency -- if at all. Meanwhile, countless Kentucky  families have been torn apart and forced back to native countries. The dangers of some of these countries were the sole reason why many families fled in the first place. What are America's current immigration laws, and what are common obstacles of the process?  

Divorce and green card status

Going through a divorce is hard enough, but if you live in Kentucky and have a green card you may be worried you would lose it once the marriage is over. The good news is that if your marriage was entered in good faith, and not as a reason to gain residence, you are able to keep your green card. It just takes some extra steps and paperwork.

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.