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Reality star case shows why it's vital to pursue citizenship

What can we learn from the case of a reality television star? Plenty.

Joe Giudice, who became famous on the "Real Housewives of New Jersey," is a step closer to deportation now that the Board of Immigration Appeals has denied Giudice's request to remain in the United States.

New immigration changes proposed

Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the U.S. Department of Justice proposed a rule change to permit immigration appellate judges' rulings to become binding for the entire immigration system.

Should the changes be approved, the 21 judges on the immigration appeals court could set unheard-of precedents. Fewer judges making the decisions for all would allow any changes to be implemented much faster than is currently possible.

How overseas companies can send managers to the U.S.

Foreign companies have found it can be advantageous to send an executive or manager to the United States to establish an office stateside. To do so, the worker must meet the requirements for an L-1A nonimmigrant classification.

Just what is the process for approval?

Detention of pregnant women grows under Trump administration

U.S. officials have detained more than 2,500 pregnant women in the past three years, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, and the number has gone up steadily since changes to the immigration policy took effect in 2017.

And that has many people worried that the women aren't getting proper medical care when they might need it the most, even though an agency spokeswoman told The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., that more than $250 million is spent annually on health care for detainees.

How to avoid an immigration scam

When you want to work or live in the U.S., you may do whatever it takes to make your dream come true. You understand the process takes lots of time and effort, so you appreciate any help that comes your way.

Unfortunately, many criminals take advantage of your feelings and try to trick you into giving them money. Be aware of the ways they may try to scam you so you can avoid losing money and hurting your immigration case.

Can I bring my sibling to the United States?

Imagine you've moved to the United States from another country. After years of building a life here, you've finally obtained your official U.S. citizenship. Now, you'd like to bring your sister or brother here to live with you. You and your brother or sister may be in luck!

Under U.S. immigration law, naturalized citizens, who are 21 years of age and older, can help their siblings to obtain permanent residency by completing the Form I-130. Keep in mind that, if you only have your green card, Form I-130 won't apply to your situation.

Mumps outbreak in detention facility concerns families

Immigration law in the United States has been a complicated practice in recent decades. Disputes involving visiting families or work permits may be sorted out with little lost except time. But time can feel like an enemy if someone is detained due to their immigration status.

A detention center in Evangeline Parish run by the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has placed 300 detainees under quarantine after it and another facility in Colorado showed signs of an outbreak of mumps. The virus is very rare in the United States now due to vaccination but some immigrants are less likely to be inoculated.

How long will deportation actually take?

If you are worried about getting deported, or if you have family members who are, one of your biggest questions is probably how long that process will take. Does it happen overnight? Could it take years? If you've never been through this before, you may honestly not know what you're facing.

The reality is that there are two different ways to deport immigrants: an expedited process and a traditional process. The expedited process is rather new, having started in 2017. As the name implies, it speeds things up dramatically.

Temporary protected status (TPS) extended for 4 countries

Immigrants from certain countries may be able to get some relief from a recent decision by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The DHS recently announced that they had extended temporary protected status (TPS) to those residents in the United States who hail from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Sudan and Haiti.

Despite the Trump administration's repeated efforts to scale back the TPS program, the DHS recently filed a notice that extends the TPS designation for the named countries until early next year. Today, the notice is being officially published in the Federal Register.

FAQs about seeking asylum

Immigration is a complex process that takes many forms. Often, people see immigration in black-and-white terms: illegal immigration and formally going through the citizenship process. However, there is another type of immigration called seeking asylum. In fact, there were over 250,000 asylum cases filed in 2017.

Achieving asylum status can put a migrant on track to employment qualification, citizenship and bringing family members to America. Pursuing asylum is a complex process, but here is a basic overview. 

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