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What is the California Values Act?

As a Californian, the recent spate of undocumented immigrant deportations undoubtedly distresses you greatly. California has long been a champion of undocumented immigrants. and many California cities call themselves “sanctuary cities,” meaning that they try to protect their undocumented residents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arresting and deporting them.

Which permanent resident's family members may come to the USA?

While many California immigrants come to the States with the intention of starting a future for a new family, you might also be concerned with your ability to reunite your family on American soil. The good news is that, as a permanent resident, you are eligible to petition for certain members of your family to come to the USA.

Various visas for international marriage

A marriage between a California resident and his or her foreign national fiancée or fiancé might require multiple visa applications if the applicants do not follow directions precisely, or if they choose to pursue an improper avenue. There are also several types of visas available, depending on marital status and other factors. 

Who should submit an affidavit of support?

An affidavit of support is an important document that a resident of California or any other state signs to accept financial responsibility on behalf of a foreign resident, typically a relative, who seeks to reside permanently in the United States. Federal law dictates that a number of individuals are required to submit an affidavit of support.

9th Circuit: Travel ban in effect except for close family members

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that much of President Trump's latest travel ban can legally go into effect. That said, it cannot be applied to people who have close family members in the U.S., or to those with bona fide relationships with an American entity.

Is resident status automatic after marrying a U.S. citizen?

If you are about to marry a U.S. citizen or have already married one, you may be wondering whether you automatically become a legal U.S. resident once the marriage is official.

What type of visa does your foreign spouse need?

When you marry a non-U.S. citizen outside of the United States and want to live in your homeland together, your newlywed will need a visa to get in. Immigration law, however, is very complex, and you may be unsure of which type of visa to apply for.

Marriages, relationships and immigration visas

Being separated from family members for long periods of time can be difficult, but being separated from a significant other can feel unbearable. Even though immigration laws regarding visas and green cards can be a complicated and oftentimes concerning issue for some families, the process of bringing a spouse or fiancé into the United States can be more straightforward.

Couples face separation as a result of travel ban

Falling in love with someone and starting to build a life together is supposed to be a time of excitement and happiness. Unfortunately, couples in California and all across the U.S. are learning that this is not exactly the case if one person is from one of the seven countries from which President Trump is trying to ban immigrants.

Another executive order would place burden on immigrant families

In an effort to bring your family together and give your loved one a brighter future, you may be sponsoring that person for entry into the United States. Family sponsorship is one of the most common ways an immigrant can secure a visa.


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