Seeking asylum: What to know about reaching the border

The United States has long provided safety to those who have to flee persecution. To obtain help and freedom from that persecution, a party can seek asylum. Asylum can help those who come to America avoid being sent back to their own countries due to the very real...

Immigrant discrimination: Stand up for yourself

It’s the harsh reality that many people in America are treated as if they’re lesser than others as a result of being an immigrant or appearing to be an immigrant. For some, this means facing discrimination despite being born in the United States, even...

America’s history shows the cultural value of immigrants

Immigration is something of a loaded term these days. People argue about what it means — both in terms of what the actual word defines and what immigrants mean for the future of the United States. Everyone seems to have an opinion. But let’s not look at...

Understand inadmissible status and your rights

When you stay in the United States longer than you’re allowed to by law, you may become inadmissible after being removed from the country. With an inadmissible status, you’ll be banned from coming into the United States for a length of time. The length of...

Understanding the U-visa cap

It’s hard to believe, but there is a cap on the number of people who can come into the United States as refugees from criminal violence. Usually, people come to the U.S. on U visas, which are set aside for those who are victims of crimes such as abduction,...

You may be able to waive inadmissibility as an immigrant

The United States immigration system is very complicated, and even those who work hard and play by the rules may find it difficult to gain legal admission to the country. For many people, applying for admission is a long and frustrating journey, only to be told that...

Immigrants play a vital role in the U.S. economy

As an immigrant, you come to America or want to come to America with the hope of having success. You want a better life for yourself and for your family. While there is always talk among Americans of how immigrants might negatively affect the country, the reality is...

Changes in immigration laws make immigration harder in 2019

In 2019, there will be changes in how immigration is approached. Throughout 2018, there were several changes that made it harder for people to come to America. In fact, there have been no favorable actions taken toward highly skilled immigrants in the entire term of...

Know your rights as a documented or undocumented immigrant

Xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment have been increasingly apparent in United States culture and in the media recently. Stoked, in part, by politicians seeking reelection, fear of immigration impacting the culture and economy in the United States has led to...

Victims of crimes have the right to seek a special “U” visa

Gaps in criminal law, as well as systemic discrimination against undocumented immigrants, often leads to serious, violent crimes going unreported by the victims. Immigrants, particularly those who come to the United States without documentation, may feel reticent to...