Marvin C. came to the United States after two of his childhood friends were killed in Guatemala. Afraid that he would be next, Marvin hastily left his homeland for the safety of this one. Over 630,000 undocumented foreign nationals like Marvin live in the state and South Florida is the home for more than 41% of them. Until now, many undocumented foreigners were forced to live a life of uncertainty.
There are over 11 million persons with unlawful presence in the United States. Some entered without authorization. Forty percent (40%) entered legally, but did not leave. These persons can benefit from regulations that will become effective on August 29, 2016.
When determining whether a foreigner cannot become a legal permanent resident, CIS will look at cash assistance for income maintenance. This includes Supplemental Security Income (SSI), cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and state or local cash assistance programs for income maintenance, often called “General Assistance” programs.
There is no magical formula that indicates to an Immigration Officer or an Immigration Judge that a marriage is valid. Each officer makes a determination from the responses to the questions posed at the interview and the “gut instinct” she has developed from experience and training.
Until recently, the death of a U.S. citizen spouse terminated the foreign spouse’s chance for becoming a legal permanent resident (LPR) based on that relationship if they were married for less than two years.
The laws for children who are born to married parents are different than the laws for children whose parents were not married when they were born.