How can I live in America legally?
Immigration is defined as the process that allows an individual to become a citizen or permanent resident of another country. Through time, the immigration process has been due to cultural, economic, or social benefit. It is a long process that can vary each person. For most people, immigration can be good on all those factors and more, depending on the country they have applied for immigration.
Every country has people wanting to move in and move out, although for this article, we’re focusing on the United States of America.
For a non-citizen of this country to relocate to America, the first step is to participate in the Green Card Lottery. There are 55,000 lottery cars issued by the American government, and by applying and by being granted an American citizenship, you’re declaring your commitment and loyalty to the country. To be eligible for the Green Card Lottery, the requirements to be met are:
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
- Applicant must have lived in this country as Green Card Holder for at least five years or for three years is married to a U.S. Citizen
- Applicant must have lived a minimum of thirty months of the previous 5 years in this country or eighteen months of the previous 3 years if married to an American citizen.
- Applicant must have lived in the same American state the previous 3 months prior to applying for naturalization.
- Applicant is required to pass an English test
- Applicant is required to pass a Civils test
- Applicant must prove their understanding of the American Constitution.
- Applicant must respect and uphold American laws
- Applicant must show good moral character.
Can an illegal immigrant get a green card?
There are serious penalties for a person that enters America without the Department of State approving entry, with one being they can’t apply for a Green Card. Once they are back in their country, they can apply for American citizenship Green Card from abroad. An illegal immigrant that remains in America for 180 days or more will lose any opportunity to apply for a maximum of 10 years.
American takes any illegal entry seriously, allowing few options for an undocumented immigrant to apply and obtain permanent American residency. The services of an immigrant attorney is advised to get the most updated process on the matter.
How long does it take for an illegal immigrant to get a green card?
Permanent residency in American is adjudicated by the USCIS )U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), who also handles all immigration benefits. They give a wide range of the estimated time for immigration applications to be processed, even with the current automated system.
A permanent residence application, Form I-485, can take between seven to thirty-three months. This time frame can be dependent on the current load with the local office that one applied through and several factors. This automated system applies these forms of immigration:
- Application for Naturalization
- Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card
- Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
- Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence
What is the 10 year immigration law?
The “Ten-year law” allows the Attorney General to cancel a non-permanent resident’s deportation from America with the following stipulations:
- The immigrant has been current in the country physically continuously for ten years prior to the removal proceedings.
- The immigrant has been of good moral character for the past 10 years;
- The immigrant cannot be under criminal and security grounds, be part of marriage fraud, criminal grounds, or has failed to register, or falsified documents, or any associated grounds.
- The immigrant has established uncommon hardship to a qualified U.S. citizen.
Deportation relief is decided at an Immigration Judge’s discretion, with the exception of Withholding of Deportation. An Immigration judge has the final order which can be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Can I be deported if I am married to a citizen?
Yes, immigration enforcement marriage to a United States citizen doesn’t stop deportation if certain criteria isn’t met. Those criteria are legal entry, real marriage, a medical exam, and show proof of income.
Fortunately, there is an immigration helpline established where questions are answered in English and Spanish. Dial 800-375-5283 for hearing impaired, TTY 800-767-1833. If your questions aren’t answered in a manner you understand, contacting an immigration attorney is the best option.
As an American citizen, participating in inactivity to help an illegal immigrant can be met with legal punishment. Helping even a family member to enter American illegally is considered alien smuggling, a crime with serious consequences. This includes and not limited to providing false documents or money. If the person helping is a legalized immigrant, they can have their American citizenship removed and be deported to their home country. Call 727-571-9999 today for your immigration bail assistance needs.