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Selecting the right visa for your marriage status

If you are among the many Kentucky individuals, who became engaged during the recent holiday season, congratulations. Planning for your future is an exciting time. However, if you or your fiancé is not a U.S. citizen, nor are they living here yet, you need a visa. The team at Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC and John Vickerstaff has the necessary expertise and experience to navigate U.S. Immigration processes and procedures.

How can I deal with discrimination?

Unfortunately, many immigrant families must deal with discrimination while living in Kentucky. While it's important to be open-minded and accepting of immigrants, it's also helpful for immigrants to develop tools for dealing with prejudice when it arises. The American Psychological Association offers the following tips in this case, which will help you and your loved ones address discrimination to the best of your ability.

How can I adjust to life in the United States?

While immigrants new to Kentucky may be excited for what lies ahead, it can also be difficult adjusting to your new life. Many recent immigrants experience culture shock upon arriving in this country, and it’s important to work through these feelings in a constructive manner to ensure your time here is joyful and fulfilling. In this case, the Refugee Center offers the following tips.

Part of the U.S. border closed due to influx of migrants

According to the Washington Post, the San Ysidro border crossing, which sits between Tijuana and San Diego, typically experiences about 10,000 visitors per day. It was recently home to a clash between border agents and migrants from Central America, who are making their way to the border to illustrate their displeasure at the decreased paced of the asylum process in the U.S.

What can I expect during the immigrant visa process?

In order to apply for an immigrant visa, a petition must be submitted on your behalf. This and the subsequent steps can be quite complex, and knowledge of your rights and responsibilities is a must if you hope for your application to be approved. The U.S. Department of State offers the following information in this case, which details each step of the process.

Does marriage guarantee citizenship in the U.S.?

If you live in Kentucky and want to become a United States citizen, you may think marriage is the best route. Naturalization, or the process of becoming a citizen, can occur through marriage, but you must meet a number of other requirements laid out by the government. Also, there are other factors involved that may lead to deportation even when you follow the guidelines.

Gathering supporting documents to apply for citizenship

As diversification grows in Kentucky, there are many families with couples who come from significantly different backgrounds. Often, the circumstances under which they met and were wed are unconventional compared with times past. In cases where one of the parties is a U.S. citizen, but the other is not, the process of getting citizenship for the immigrant party can be lengthy and confusing. However, when proactive efforts are made to get the process underway as soon as possible and attention is paid to following the process exactly, naturalization may be more productive and efficient. 

Tips on adjusting to life in a new country

If you’re a recent immigrant in Louisville, KY, you may find adjusting to your new life rather difficult. After all, moving to a new country can be a bit of a culture shock, both for you as well as the other members of your family who’ve also made the journey. The following information will help you adjust to your new environment so that you can thrive both personally and professionally.

Reviewing family preference immigration quotas

Many around the world have aspirations of immigrating to the U.S. and settling in areas like Louisville. Yet given the complexities of U.S. immigration law, some of those who have this goal will first seek to obtain legal entrance to and residency in the country themselves and then send for the families to join them. This can often ease some of the restrictions potential immigrants face when applying for entry to the country due to the fact that preference is given to applicants who already have family members here. There is, however, a quota on the number of immigrants allowed entry through the family preference program

Immigration hurdles involving your fiance or spouse

We have covered many of the different immigration challenges people face whether they move to the U.S. for work or to live with a loved one. For those who are engaged or married, immigration issues can be especially difficult for a variety of reasons. Aside from making sense of immigration laws, these cases can be especially emotional for couples. Whether you have already moved to the U.S. with your partner and are facing challenges or you plan to make the move in the near future, it is pivotal to ensure that any immigration problems you encounter are addressed properly.