Legal Status for Illegal Immigrants in the U.S.
Immigration Attorneys Serving Orlando, FL
Legalization concerns the issue of whether or not immigrants who are in the United States illegally should be given provisions to receive a green card or citizenship. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act, individuals who reside in the United States illegally can be given legal permission to remain. Over the past few years, immigration reform programs have been introduced and debated.
Legalization Options for Undocumented Immigrants
A path to legalization for illegal immigrants is constantly being discussed across the country because there are millions of legal and illegal immigrants residing in the country. There are several options that undocumented immigrants may be able to pursue, depending on their eligibility:
Green Card / Permanent Residency
Many illegal residents have obtained eligibility to apply for legal residency in the country through a relative or by marriage to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. There are two stages of the process of legalization. The first stage is to obtain temporary residence and the second is to secure permanent residence.
In order for this process to proceed, continuous presence in the United States must be maintained. The applicant will have to demonstrate a general understanding and comprehension of the English language, U.S. history, and U.S. government.
If you have suffered persecution in your home country due to your membership in a religious, racial, political, or social group, you may be eligible for permanent residency status under asylum laws.
Illegal immigrants who are victims of a qualifying crime may be eligible for a U visa, which allows them legal status to work in the U.S. and eventually a path to citizenship.
Need Help with Legalizing Your Immigration Status?
Success is attainable but not easy. It is important to take every precaution necessary when pursuing legalization. One precaution you can take is to enlist the help of one of our attorneys from Brown Immigration Law to assist you with an adjustment of status application. The process often involves dealing with multiple government agencies, which can be confusing and time-consuming; however, an experienced attorney can help expedite the process and ensure that you are completing each step in accordance with all laws and requirements.
Our attorneys aggressively pursue a positive end result, so contact our immigration firm today!