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Undocumented green card applicant detained at ICE interview

People in Denver applying for a green card or U.S. permanent residency may be concerned about how the immigration policies of the Trump administration could affect their applications. In some cases, people who were undocumented in the United States but are now applying for green cards due to marriage to a citizen have faced detention and threats of deportation. Two civil liberties organizations have filed a lawsuit against the government to block the practice after a man was arrested in New York at an ICE office, where he went to begin his green card application.

Proposal could cause immigrants to avoid accessing benefits

A Trump administration proposal that has been leaked could have negative repercussions for immigrants in Colorado who are seeking permanent residency. The proposal would make it less likely for a person's application for permanent residency to be approved if they have used certain non-cash government benefits including tax credits, food stamps, subsidized Affordable Care Act plans or Medicaid. They could also be affected by family members, including children who are citizens, using those benefits.

Are you eligible for a self-petitioned green card?

Navigating the visa process for permission to live and work in the United States can be extremely complicated and stressful. Perhaps you initially entered Colorado or another state with the assistance of a spouse or other family member who petitioned on your behalf. Someone you know (or perhaps yourself) may have been mistreated by someone they thought they could trust and relied on to help them seek an adjustment of status.
Sadly, domestic violence is a major problem in many towns throughout the nation.

The next step after receiving a green card through marriage

Receiving conditional resident status in the United States was a happy side effect of your marriage. In fact, going through the channels to obtain your status in this country may have been one element that delayed your marriage or at least created a bit of extra tension during your preparations. However, the benefits you gained were worth the stress.

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).

Answers to Your Green Card Renewal Questions

For an issue as important as renewing your green card, which allows you to legally reside in the United States, always keep in mind that the best action you can take is to find and consult with an attorney. A competent attorney can guide you through the process of renewing your green card, making it as simple as possible and avoiding mistakes that could result in a denial. Following are answers to several common questions about green card renewal:

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