For many years, due to Cold War politics, Cuban immigrants have enjoyed significant advantages over immigrants from other countries. Unlike other immigrants, Cubans who make it to U.S. soil have an automatic right to enter the country. They can apply for a green card after being in the U.S. for one year and a day.
While there are many immigrants who want to come to Miami and other locations throughout the United States to live and work, there are also foreign nationals who receive an invitation to take part in training programs offered in the U.S. These people are known as H-3 trainees. Some might be confused as to the legality of a situation such as this and therefore do not understand how it works. An H-3 trainee is required to have been invited by an organization, a business or an individual. The training they will receive must not be available in the home country of the person.
For many immigrants in Florida, obtaining a "green card" is an important step on the path to U.S. citizenship. But, what exactly is a green card, and what are its benefits?
Before entering the United States, a non-U.S. traveler must have a visa. Whether the traveler is seeking to immigrate to the U.S. or simply intends to visit the country on a tourist visa, they must go through the visa application process.
Over the past two years, a large number of people from Central America have come to Florida and other parts of the United States. Many are families fleeing the gang violence that is tearing that region apart.
Most Floridians know that throughout the United States' long involvement in Afghanistan, local interpreters have provided a crucial service for US military personnel. Their work has been done at great personal risk: interpreters captured by the Taliban are known to face certain death.
Florida is home to numerous immigrants from Central American and Caribbean nations. According to one survey about one in five residents of the state was born in another country. Latinos are a major part of the immigrant community, and make up more than 23 percent of the state's population.
Throughout the history of the United States, people fleeing oppression and persecution in other lands have come here to start a new life in safety. Many apply for asylum under U.S. immigration law. If their application is approved, they can remain in the U.S.
For many immigrants in the Miami area, permanent residency and citizenship are dreams they have pursued for many years. Others want to come to the U.S. to join family members who are already here. Still others simply want to work or study in the U.S. for a few years before returning to their homelands. Whatever people's goals in coming to the U.S., it is essential to understand their rights and obligations under U.S. immigration law.
Many immigrants in Florida were closely watching as two bills were introduced in the State Legislature recently. The two bills would have significantly increased the penalties for undocumented immigrants, prohibited Florida cities from declaring themselves sanctuaries for immigrants and would have required local law enforcement authorities to work with federal agencies in enforcing U.S. immigration law.