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Understanding family immigration options

Immigration matters are important and sometimes emotional concerns for families and their loved ones. It is understandable that immigrants and others seek to be reunited with their families. Because of the importance of immigration matters, families should understand the immigration process, including as it relates to citizens and residents.

In general, citizens of the United States can petition for family members, including spouses, parents, children and siblings, to become permanent residents. This process also allows them to start along the path to citizenship. Depending on the circumstances, there are a variety of different visa types for family members of U.S. citizens. Different types of visas include those for immediate relatives, fiancée visas and family members according to level of preference based on relation to the family member.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dual citizenship?

It can be very advantageous for an immigrant to move from their home country to the United States. As the U.S. is the land of opportunities, many come to America for work opportunities and to start fresh. However, when a foreign national is not leaving their home country because they are seeking asylum or refuge, he or she may want to keep ties with their home country. In this situation, an immigrant might seek to maintain their citizenship with their home country while obtaining citizenship of the U.S.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dual citizenship? To begin, dual citizenship should be understood. This is when a person is a citizen of two countries. This is sometimes referred to as dual nationality, as it sometimes automatically occurs. Situations that give rise to automatic dual citizenship include when a child is born in the U.S. to foreign parents or when a child is born in another country with one parent being a citizen of the U.S. and the other parent being a citizen of the country the child is born in.

Man killed in car accident involving Miami police

Most drivers in Miami probably believe when they are out driving that they will safely make it to their destination. Most of the time this is the case. But, occasionally a serious car accident occurs that leads to injuries or even a death. In these cases, a family may want to explore a wrongful death case.

According to news reports, a man was recently killed when he was hit by two Miami-Dade police officers. The victim was driving south on Southwest 147th Avenue when the police car that was driving west on 260th Street hit him. The police car failed to stop at a stop sign and did not have the lights or siren on. The victim was returning home from his work at a local bakery.

An overview of the naturalization process

Those who are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen may think it is a long and involved process. They're definitely not wrong. There are many steps in the naturalization process that a Miami resident will need to complete.

First, a person needs to find out if they are eligible to become a U.S. citizen. If they believe they are eligible, they need to fill out a Form N-400, which is the application for naturalization. After the form is submitted, a person may need to have a biometrics screening. Once the application and biometrics screening are completed, the person will need to have an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. USCIS will then render a decision for the naturalization application. A person can be granted naturalization, they can be denied or they can be continued if USCIS needs additional information. Once a person is granted naturalization, they are not a U.S. citizen until they take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.

Helping bring immigrant families together

Everyone has their own story. For those coming to the United States to live in the country permanently, their story in the U.S. begins as they enter the path to citizenship. This process can start for many reasons, but many of those seeking to become permanent residents do so as a means to keep family members together.

Family immigration matters can be delicate situations, as many immigrants decide to come to America alone initially. When these individuals seek to petition for family members, such as spouses, parents, children and siblings, this requires specific visa types along with requirements to be met. At the law firm of Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt P.A., we are well versed in these immigration laws, and we attentively provide advice to our clients in the Miami area.

What is the Child Citizenship Act?

Miami is a city that is full of immigrants from all over the world. Many of these immigrants have children who are valuable members of their family. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 is a way for foreign-born children to acquire American citizenship.

Certain children who are not born in the United States, but who enter the U.S. as lawful permanent residents, may be able to acquire citizenship automatically. The child must have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, must be under 18, live with their U.S. citizen parent and be admitted as a lawful permanent resident. This also applies to children who are adopted once their adoption becomes finalized. Children who fall under these guidelines do not receive citizenship automatically, but must apply to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Upcoming Census may be a problem for immigrants

Immigrants in Florida are constantly on edge in this political climate. They are in fear of being deported, questioned, arrested and a number of other situations. The upcoming Census in 2020 has become the newest thing for immigrants to worry about in regards to their citizenship.

For the first time in 70 years, the Census may ask what a person's citizenship status is. Questions about citizenship would likely make an immigrant nervous to participate in the Census. If a person does not participate in the Census, it can have repercussions including representation in Congress and federal funding. Everyone should be counted in the Census, but when immigrants are worried about their privacy it can throw off the census numbers, especially in areas with high numbers of immigrants, including Miami.

Understanding defects in warnings

When we buy products, we expect them to work as they are intended. One would not be happy if they bought a blender and it did not blend food. While malfunctions could be the cause of a product not working properly, it could also be due to defects. When consumers in Florida hear the word defect, they likely think of design and manufacturing defects. However, products could become dangerous because of defects in warnings.

Purchased products likely come in a box or at least have some form of paperwork that comes with it. Whether it is on the actual box or a pamphlet included inside the box or with the item, there are many things written on these items. One of them is a warning section. When consumers are provided these warnings, though, they must be done in a certain manner.

Food recalls increasing

Miami consumers believe the food they eat will be safe. Food supply in the United States is usually safe, but a new report shows that bacteria-related food recalls is increasing.

In 2017, there was the largest number of food and beverage recalls in the United States in five years. Food products recalled by the FDA rose over 92 percent since 2012 and the Department of Agriculture recalled more than 83 percent more food in the same time period. The main two causes of the recalls include bacterial infections and undeclared allergens.

Is merit-based immigration a good option for Miami?

President Trump recently gave his State of the Union address. Within the speech, he mentioned his new immigration plan, merit-based immigration. What does this mean for Miami immigrants?

President Trump has been working to change the immigration in the United States since he became president. In his State of the Union address he said that he would like to change the immigration system from family reunification to basing it on individual qualifications. This merit system would favor immigrants who are educated and speak English, likely leaving those behind who are less educated and cannot speak English, like many farm workers and hotel workers. Those who are opposed to a merit-based system said that it is against workers that are needed in the U.S., including construction and agricultural workers.

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