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Temporary protected status: Is your origin country included?

There are millions of immigrants in the United States, including many right here in Colorado. Immigration tends to be a controversial topic, mostly due to political spins and media rhetoric people use to try to sway others to their own opinions. Plenty of people realize, however, that many people flee to America because of abject poverty, imminent violence and danger in their countries of origin. In fact, sometimes, life where they came from is so dangerous, returning would likely prove fatal.

The U.S. government tries to help those whose original homelands are wrought with danger, either from natural disasters or civil unrest. If you live in fear that you will be made to return to a place you know could cost you your life, there may be options within the U.S. immigration system that can help alleviate your fears.

Living on the edge: Immigration and aggravated felonies

Since your arrival in the United States, you may have seen the attitudes toward immigration change with each new presidential administration. If a foreign national performs a heroic act, the press may tout all immigrants as heroes. However, if a foreign national commits a crime, suddenly all immigrants are criminals. You may sometimes feel that there is a great deal of uncertainty because of your immigration status.

Whether you have legal permanent residency or have no legal status in the country, if police accuse you of a crime, your biggest fear may be deportation. No matter how long you have been in the United States, the threat of removal is always over your head.

Getting the green light on a green card renewal

Renewing a green card that is either already expired or about to expire can be a complex process, and it may not go as smoothly as you would hope. Even if you have already walked through the complicated paperwork before, every immigrant may benefit from the assistance of an attorney who can help them navigate the bureaucratic process. 

You would be wise to take the necessary precautions to protect your right to live and work in the United States, and one of the ways you can do this is to secure legal guidance for the green card renewal process. An experienced Colorado lawyer may be able to help you avoid problems and deal with unexpected complications. 

What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?

Undoubtedly, you had your reasons for deciding to come to the United States. You wanted a better or different life, and decided to settle here in Colorado. You got your green card, maybe got married and have settled into your life here. Now, as you reach the time where you can decide to pursue citizenship, you may be wondering what it means to be a United States citizen.

Citizens of this country enjoy many freedoms and also have numerous responsibilities, and many natural-born citizens may forget them periodically. However, as you embark on your quest to become a naturalized citizen, you may wonder about those rights and responsibilities and how obtaining them will change your life yet again.

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.

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