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Obama Care for Legal Immigrants

Since the establishment of the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare, there have been new laws put in place. This means that legal immigrants will need to purchase health insurance if they don’t currently have a plan.

There are approximately 10 million immigrants living legally in the United States of America with a visa or green card who are able to take advantage of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama Care for Legal ImmigrantsNew laws state that if they are not covered they are required to purchase insurance provided by the state they are living in. While those legal immigrants and U.S. citizens qualify for Obamacare, it is limited and not available to those who are in the United States illegally.

Those foreigners living in the United States without proper authorization, which is approximately 11.3 million according to recent estimates released by the government, will not be able to take part in the health-care program provided by the government.

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Can you Marry on a Travel Visa?

Many have asked, “Is it possible getting married on a travel Visa?” Normally, yes. One can enter the United States of America and a marry a U.S citizen but they must return home before their visa expires. Problems can arise when an individual has the intention of marrying a U.S. citizen and plans on staying to adjust status.

Can you Marry on a Travel VisaDon’t let other people’s stories of getting married on a travel visa, mislead you. While it may be possible to adjust your status on a travel visa, you must provide substantial evidence to U.S. authorities with genuine travelling plans and show that getting married while visiting was unexpected.

If you are the recipient of a travel visa and you intend on getting married here are some factors to consider:

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Rules for Detaining Unauthorized Families and Unaccompanied Minors

A major concern that is current with the influx of unauthorized immigrants crossing the U.S – Mexico border is reacting to the treatment minors receive as they enter the country without proper authorization.

Secretary, Jeh Johnson, for the Department of Homeland Security has delivered a system of policy guidelines for handling unauthorized immigrant families.

petition for asylumJohnson has stated that major changes must be made when applying their rules in terms of treatment provided to detained families.

According to statistics released by the U.S government, the numbers of children detained in 2014 increased and U.S. Officers swiftly made themselves available and rendered assistance in working with the unauthorized foreigners.

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Filing T and U Visas for Family Members

The United States Citizenship Immigration Services renders aid by yielding T and U visas to victims of crimes such as: human trafficking, violent sexual abuse, and domestic violence.

Victims possessing T and U visas may have the opportunity to apply or request a T and U Non-immigrant status from the USCIS to have their family members present with them in the United States of America.

Filing T and U Visas for Family Members

Before any family member enters the U.S. they must go through Consular processing, at either the U.S. Department of State, United States Embassy or Consulate in the foreign country victim’s family are residing.

Ultimately, the decision is determined by the USCIS whether or not the family members that are overseas qualify for a derivative T or U non-immigrant status.

Also, the Department of State (DOS) independently decides if family members are eligible to obtain a T or U visa for legal entry into the U.S.

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Understanding the Purpose of T and U Visas

T and U VisasT and U visas were established in October of 2000 for Victims of Human Trafficking as part of the Violence Protection Act.

In December 2008 the USCIS declared provisional final rules which gives recipients of T and U visas the opportunity to apply for an adjustment of status and authorized permanent residency.

These two visa categories have long standing benefits for both victims of crimes and the U.S. government. Since the initiation of these visas, inquiries and prosecutions against criminals of human trafficking and other violent crimes have become effective.

T and U visa holders have been able to enjoy the welfare of immigration.

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What to do when Facing Deportation?

immigration deportationMany foreigners who have lived in the United States for over a year, without proper documentation, wind up facing the threat of possible deportation.

The battle with U.S. Immigration Law can be unpleasant and overwhelming. Applying for an I-601A Waiver can help foreigners who are immediate relatives to a United States Citizen avoid deportation and the 10 year ban.

Every case is different, having a dependent family member or U.S. born children may not meet the requirements to acquiring a I-601A Waiver, but there are other facts that can work in your favor.

It is important to note that securing an I-601A Waiver may not guarantee status for permanent legal residency.

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The Pangs of Facing Deportation

deportation lawyer Illinois The United States government has several reasons for deportation. In fact, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can remove any individual that is not a legal citizen and even those holding green cards.

Deportation or forcible removal from the country can be a very depressing experience, it can even start to affect you physically.

Every year immigrant families living in the United States are devastated when a family member receives a notice to appear before an immigration judge.

If you are being faced with possible forced deportation, then it is time to find an immigration lawyer that can assist you.

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Expecting the Unexpected

Expecting the UnexpectedIf an immigrant finds himself or herself getting a divorce prior to obtaining U.S Citizenship even after it was proven that the marriage was legitimate and genuine before the eyes of the law.

Fear not, there is a way to amend the situation and prevent yourself from getting deported or forcibly removed from the United States.

However, this process is not easy, it is a challenge and an immigration attorney should be sought out as soon as possible, so you do not face deportation.

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