If you want to research, teach or receive training in the United States, you may want to consider applying for the J-1 visa. This exchange visitor visa promotes cultural and educational exchanges between America and countries around the globe. According to the U.S. Department of State, approximately 300,000 visitors get J-1 visas per year.
Escaping violence and oppression in one’s homeland can be terrifying for an adult, let alone a child. It is a tragic and common occurrence for many children to attempt to gain access into California and elsewhere in the United States without parents or other adults to protect and guide them. The fear and uncertainty these children may experience while seeking safety in an unfamiliar country can seem impossible to imagine. Ideally, unaccompanied minors would be offered adequate shelter and food, as well as compassionate care, when they come into the country, but new reports suggest otherwise.
For hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their home countries because of natural and humanitarian disasters, Temporary Protected Status has served as their means of achieving a new life in the United States. This program has been in place for upwards of 30 years, offering sanctuary to people mostly from Central America and the Caribbean, although people from Nepal and Sudan also have come under its protection.
President Trump came to office in January 2017 promising, among other things, to “crack down” on illegal immigration and build a fence along America’s entire southern border with Mexico. The fence has yet to materialize, but the crackdown against undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. has made headlines for months.
Permanent residents of California who were born in another country have three options when it comes to citizenship: 1) retention of their native citizenship; 2) naturalization to become a U.S. citizen; and 3) dual citizenship to gain U.S. citizenship while retaining citizenship in their native country.