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December 2014 Archives

Immigrant investors and EB-5 visas

California companies may wonder about the requirements for securing visas for foreign investors who might be interested in partnering with their firms. An investor may be better able to provide insight and understand operations and plans by being present at the business location. However, proper permissions must be obtained to enter the country. The EB-5 visa was created in 1992 to facilitate such travel to promote economic growth.

The requirements for family immigration visas

When people move from their home country to the United States, their families are not always able to stay together. However, once immigrants earn citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, they may sponsor relatives in obtaining family immigrant visas. The requirements for these visas are governed by U.S. immigration laws and are enforced in every state, including California.

Military members and citizenship

Military members in California who are not citizens but who are interested in naturalization may be unaware that certain military service members and veterans are eligible for naturalization under sections of the immigration law. The naturalization allowed under the law is due to the military member's service.

A primer on deportation for California residents

If an illegal alien violates immigration or criminal laws while in the United States, he or she may be deported or removed from the country. As removal is a formal legal process, the person being deported has the ability to challenge the deportation on a variety of different grounds.

Changes in deferred action programs

Many immigrant families in California welcomed President Obama's Nov. 20 speech in which he announced taking executive action on immigration reform, effectively side-stepping Congress. The new reforms and programs announced by the President are good news for many people who wish to be able to remain in the United States while gaining the ability to legally work and live.

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