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Do you need to carry your green card?

A green card is the more common name for a Permanent Resident Card in the United States. This card shows the authorities that you have permission to work in the United States and to live within the country's borders. You have gone through the immigration process and you are here legally.

Do you need to carry that card with you at all times? Or is it just good enough to have it safely tucked away at home?

Prior convictions and immigrant arrest rates

In some cases, immigrants who get arrested in the United States have never violated the law in the past. Their first arrest comes at the hands of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

However, studies show that agents in 2017 seemed to be targeting those with prior arrests more often than not. In fact, one study claimed that only 11 percent of those arrested had no known charges or convictions on their records at the time of those arrests.

Can I be deported for reporting crime?

Crime happens every day to innocent people; even immigrants in New Orleans are not immune to them. When people are victims of crime, they can contact the police for protection and justice, but many immigrants, both documented and undocumented, are not aware that they have legal protections against deportation

You may not have a green card or have completed the steps necessary for you to remain in the country legally, but if you are the victim of a crime, know that it is normal for foreign nationals not to report a crime because they fear deportation. Do not let the fear of deportation keep you from seeking the protection of the police when necessary. Here is what you should know about the U Nonimmigrant Status Program:

How immigrants have shaped American businesses

The United States is a country that has been shaped by immigration for generations. That is still true today. While the topic may be a political hot button in the modern era, it used to be something that the United States relied on to expand the population and to grow into a world power.

Even today, immigrants still benefit the country on many levels. For example, they have helped to create jobs and drive business and innovation forward. Their entrepreneurial spirit cannot be denied.

Detaining children can have a serious mental impact

When immigrant families get detained, the government holds not just the parents, but the children, too. Often, these children had absolutely nothing to do with the situation and may not even be old enough to fully comprehend what is happening to them.

As such, it is important to note that detaining these children can have a very serious impact on their mental health moving forward. In some cases, they are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They may also become more likely to commit suicide.

The percentage of immigrants has almost never been higher

There are more immigrants living in the United States right now than at any other time in the country's history. Reports show that the record was reached back in 2016, when there were about 43.7 million foreign-born individuals living in the country.

That said, the percentage of immigrants is not quite at its highest number on record, though it is getting close. Back in 1890, there were just 9.2 million immigrants overall, but the vastly smaller U.S. population meant that they made up 14.8 percent of the total population. That is still the record.

The do's and don'ts of an immigration interview

Receiving a notice from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you will need to go through an immigration interview is stressful and worrisome. You likely will start wondering what it is you've done wrong to result in an interview or if you filed the wrong paperwork to be in the country. Either way, let's take a look at the do's and don'ts of the immigration interview.

Below is a list of what you should do in preparation for and during an immigration interview:

  • Bring plenty of copies of your documents and forms
  • If you are married to a United States citizen, you should prepare yourself to answer personal questions
  • Follow all instructions given by the USCIS officer conducting the interview
  • Only answer questions that are directed at you in the interview
  • If you do not understand or speak English, you should bring an interpreter
  • Dress for success. Dress as if you are going to work in an office setting
  • Arrive early for the interview so you are not walking in late

Were you scammed by someone offering to help you with a visa?

It's a sad fact that scammers prey mainly on the those whom they perceive to be the most weak and vulnerable. Those seeking asylum, worker visas or United States citizenship may fall into those categories due to their desperation or even the language barrier.

If you are approached by someone who promises to help you with your immigration issues, it's important to understand that the individual may not be legitimate. He or she may instead be running an illegal scam that will not get you any closer to your goal. Their only intent is to separate you from your money.

What happens if my employment visa is denied?

Thousands of people come to the United States each year on employment visas. They are sponsored by their employer to attend conferences, training or meetings in the country. Applying for a work visa is pretty straightforward and easy. Most of these visas are approved. But, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) might deny such an application. So, what happens if your employment visa is denied?

If the issue with your visa is easy to fix, your employer will likely restart the visa application process. They will need to file a new I-129 petition. They do this on your behalf and only if the mistakes on the original application were minor.

Am I at risk of denaturalization?

The current presidential administration has immigrants in the New Orleans area and across the country living in constant worry that they will lose their right to stay in the United States. Even individuals who have become naturalized citizens feel the threat of deportation. Though denaturalization is rare, it can occur, especially now. 

Whether you have a green card or visa, certain acts can cause you to lose your U.S. citizenship. Take some time to review a few circumstances that can cause a permanent or naturalized person to become deported back to her or his country of origin and lose United States citizenship. 

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