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Deferred action: Who is eligible?

Immigration is dominating headlines at the moment, and individuals facing concerns regarding status, visa applications and threats of deportation may be fearful and overwhelmed. If you came to the United States and to Colorado as a child along with your parents, it is understandable that you may have serious fears regarding what could happen to you and your family.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began in 2012, allowing children of immigrants to have a measure of security regarding their own statuses. If you are one of these individuals, you need to know what this program means for you and how you can protect your rights if you currently face complications.

Does your immigration problem relate to one of these myths?

When you first came to Colorado, you were clinging to the hope that the United States was a safe place where you could improve your quality of life. Although you faced challenges along the way, you built a strong foundation and began raising a family while earning regular income and contributing to your community. Through it all, you were always a bit worried that somehow, someday, it would all come tumbling down and some type of problem regarding your immigration status would arise when you least expected it.

Immigration is definitely one of the most controversial topics of discussion in this nation. The trouble is, what many people think versus the reality of the situation are often two entirely different things. There are many myths circulating regarding both documented and undocumented immigrants and their families. No two situations are exactly the same; however, if you're currently facing a particular obstacle having to do with your status, it may help to be aware of some of the most common immigration misconceptions.

Love without borders

If you hold a green card, chances are you still have connections in your home country. You may have left behind parents, siblings, old friends and schoolmates with whom you keep in regular contact. However, if you are missing that one special person, you may have decided the time is right to get married and start your life together here in the United States. There is probably no reason to rush the wedding date since obtaining a green card for a potential spouse can be a very long, complicated process.

How can a U visa impact your family?

As someone who entered the country through unconventional methods, you may face numerous anxieties on a daily basis. Issues that could seem negligible to a citizen or green card holder may seem insurmountable to you as an undocumented immigrant. Illness, injury or even crimes committed against you may leave you more fearful as the threat of deportation may loom if you choose to seek help. These fears may amplify even more if you have children you hope to protect.

What does an adjustment of status mean for me?

As you go through the process of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States, you go through several statuses. When you first arrive in the United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services considers you as a non-immigrant or parolee (temporary). Once you go through the admissions and inspection process, you could become eligible for the "adjustment of status" process whereby you become a permanent resident (obtain your green card).

Getting married in America: Fiancé visas and your rights

Individuals who are working toward bringing a fiancé to the United States may have serious concerns about how announcements and changes made by the new administration could affect this process. While it may seem more complicated than ever before, with the right legal assistance, you can secure the appropriate fiancé visa, bring your loved one home to Colorado and move forward with your wedding plans.

Escaping to a brighter future

If you have suffered torture or persecution in your home country, you may be making plans to escape. Perhaps you are thinking of coming to the United States and seeking asylum. If this is your plan, there are some important things to know before you risk your life escaping your situation.

Domestic violence victims can find relief through VAWA

Domestic violence is a serious problem in the United States. However, not everyone affected by domestic violence is a U.S. citizen. If you are facing violence at home, but are worried that reporting it could cause problems for your immigration status, you may have options.

The Future Of DACA Under Donald Trump

When President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, many people felt a wave of relief wash over them. DACA has allowed roughly 742,000 people who were brought to the U.S. as minors to seek higher education, obtain meaningful work that pays a fair wage, and stop worrying about being imminently deported from the country they call home.

In light of the recent election, however, many people in Colorado are living in fear, again, wondering whether the next president will continue to allow them to live in the U.S.

U.S. Citizenship test: 5 Common questions

In the last decade, the United States has welcomed over 6.6 million citizens through the process of naturalization. Immigrants seeking citizenship must first meet several requirements such as living in the United States as a permanent resident for five years, being physically present in the country for the last 30 months, and being able to speak and write English. Once these requirements are met, the applicant must file a naturalization application, attend an interview and pass the citizenship test. After years of preparation, it is normal to approach the test date with anxiety or apprehension, and you may have questions about the test itself. Preparation is the key to success. Following are answers to five common questions about the citizenship test.

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