Posted on May 31st, 2011
One option for immigrants looking to stay in the United States is by applying for a treaty visa, or an E-1 or E-2 visa. Last year, the government issued 25,500 E-2 treaty visas.
Individuals with E-2 visas are considered “temporary visitors” by the U.S. State Department. Children whose parents have E-2 visas are not eligible to live in the United States past the age of 21-years old, unless they are eligible for another type of visa.
Receiving an E-2 visa involves investing $50,000 in a small business located in the U.S. The business owner and their family are able to legally live in the U.S. as long as the business is operating and providing jobs and other economic benefits. The visas can be renewed every 2 to 5 years.
If you or someone you know has questions about applying for a treaty visa like the E-2 visa, contact the Orange County treaty visa lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. at 800-242-2151 today.
Posted on May 25th, 2011
The Office of Citizenship at the United States Citizenship Immigration Services is beginning a campaign of advertisements to encourage immigrants to become U.S. citizens through naturalization. An estimated 7.9 million immigrants in the United States are eligible to apply for naturalization.
Advertisements will be run in radio, print, and digital media and will be focused in California, Texas, New York, and Florida. The advertisements will feature personal stories of immigrants who have gone through the naturalization process to become U.S. citizens. The campaign begins on March 30th and will run through Labor Day.
A USCIS spokesperson said that this is agency’s first effort to advertise and campaign for immigrants to consider naturalization. The promotion was approved under an $11 million plan by Congress to increase immigration integration in the U.S.
If you or someone you know would like to become a U.S. citizen and needs assistance in the naturalization application process, contact the Orange County naturalization lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C. at 949-540-6704 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our experienced immigration attorneys.
Posted on May 19th, 2011
Last Friday, the U.S. State Department mistakenly told around 22,000 people that they won green cards in their annual visa lottery. The mistake was caused by a computer glitch and State Department officials said the drawing will be redone.
19.6 million people applied to be in the lottery. The computer error caused 90 percent of the winners of the “green card” visa lottery to be selected from only the first two days applications were accepted, rather than the entire 30-day application period.
The drawing is an annual program run by the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program to make about 50,000 visas available to randomly selected people from countries with low immigration rates in the U.S. Winners of the lottery are granted green cards without needing to have a family member or employer sponsor them.
The results of the new drawing are expected to be announced on July 15th.
If you or someone you know is looking to obtain permanent residency with a green card, contact the Orange County green card lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about the green card application process.
Posted on May 12th, 2011
This week, Congress reintroduced the DREAM Act, a day after President Obama delivered a speech on immigration reform in El Paso. The President asked Congress to work together and pass the act and said, “We should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents. We should stop denying them the chance to earn an education or serve in the military.”
The original DREAM Act was passed through the House, but failed in the Senate last December. The new measure allows people to gain legal status if they came to the U.S. at the age of 15-years old or younger, have had a continuous presence in the U.S. for at least 5 years, graduated from high school or obtained a GED, and completed two years or college or military service.
To discuss becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States, contact the Orange County naturalization lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 800-242-2151 today.
Posted on May 2nd, 2011
A series of marches and protests in downtown Los Angeles were held yesterday by people demanding immigration reform and full legalization. Participants hope that reform will provide a path for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. to become U.S. citizens. Some of the groups in attendance included the Southern California Immigration Coalition and Fulls Rights for Immigrants Coalition.
Protests and signs were targeted at Congress and President Obama. In addition, many families said that they feel immigration reform is important to them because it could prevent families with American-born children from being separated. ”There are many of us studying to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, and we want to be part of this society,” said one student.
If you or someone you love has questions about immigration petitions in Orange County, contact the Orange County immigration petition lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to learn more about how we can help you.