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Explaining family-based immigration visas in Houston

The immigration law of the United States has two provisions written into it for family-based immigration. The two provisions are family preference categories and immediate relatives. These provisions are found in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Today, we will take a look at family-based immigration visas and how you can acquire them in Houston, Texas.

Family preference immigrant visas are limited visas. These visas are reserved for family members who are more distant than immediate family. People can obtain these visas if they are related to a United States resident or a lawful permanent resident (LPR). There are limits set for each type of visa in this category that reset each year.

Preparing for the citizenship interview in Texas

Moving through the process of becoming a United States citizen can be lengthy. It can also be very stressful, and at times, confusing. That's why you need to do as much research as possible into the process so there are no surprises. If you are in the middle of the citizenship process and are approaching the interview, here are some tips and hints for what you might expect in Houston.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency is responsible for interviewing, screening and approving new citizens to the United States. The USCIS conducts an interview with each candidate taking part in the naturalization process. During the interview an agent will ask you questions that focus on your background and your application.

If I get a DUI will I lose my immigration status?

Drinking under the influence (DUI) is never something you want on your record. The legal consequences for a DUI conviction are more severe when you are a non U.S. citizen. Immigrants seeking a brighter future with more advanced opportunities in America may face deportation threats or a reduced immigration status.

What is important to understand is that illegal immigrants automatically are sent through the deportation process for any type of arrest. It is unnecessary for undocumented immigrants to await a conviction for the offense. For other types of immigrants (legal permanent residents and those with a student or work visa) the consequences may not always lead to deportation.

If I get a DUI will I lose my immigration status?

Drinking under the influence (DUI) is never something you want on your record. The legal consequences for a DUI conviction are more severe when you are a non U.S. citizen. Immigrants seeking a brighter future with more advanced opportunities in America may face deportation threats or a reduced immigration status.

What is important to understand is that illegal immigrants automatically are sent through the deportation process for any type of arrest. It is unnecessary for undocumented immigrants to await a conviction for the offense. For other types of immigrants (legal permanent residents and those with a student or work visa) the consequences may not always lead to deportation.

Trump administration sues California over sanctuary cities

The Trump administration is suing California in federal court over three state laws, which provide protections for “sanctuary cities.”

The laws in question make it a crime for business owners to voluntarily help federal agents find and detain undocumented workers, prohibit local law enforcement from alerting immigration agents when detainees are release from custody, and create a state inspection program for federal immigration detention centers.

Do you need proof of citizenship to take the bus?

Video of two uniformed U.S. Border Patrol agents boarding a Greyhound bus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and instructing passengers to show proof of citizenship has spread concern across the country. A few minutes after entering the bus, the officers emerged escorting a woman off the bus. Border Patrol confirmed that a woman on the bus had an expired tourist visa and had been arrested. Activists in the immigrant community are pushing for restrictions that do not allow Border Patrol agents to board private Greyhound buses to question travelers without a judicial warrant.

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