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Is your marriage valid according to U.S. immigration law?

If you are planning to obtain a green card through the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, you may already know you have many hoops to jump through. The immigration process in the U.S. is extremely strict, and agents are always alert for those who try to enter the country fraudulently. This may be especially true when it comes to family-based green cards.

Seeking a green card through the sponsorship of a spouse who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident is one of the most popular ways for foreign nationals to take advantage of the many benefits of permanent residency. This includes getting a job or starting your own business, owning property, and even qualifying for certain federal benefits. However, you must first prove to the government that your marriage is valid.

How do officers get an arrest warrant?

When a crime occurs, police must often work quickly to follow the trail of evidence that may lead them to those who may have committed the crime. If officers show up at your door with a warrant for your arrest, it likely means that they and a judge in the Mississippi criminal court system have facts that indicate your involvement in the crime.

However, the process police use to obtain a warrant for your arrest has many opportunities for errors and misconduct. Even though police may have convinced a judge to sign an arrest warrant, you have every reason to fight the charges against you and build a strong defense strategy, beginning with examining the steps police took to get their warrant.

Is hiding in a church the best way to avoid deportation?

Anyone who faces criminal charges has a lot at risk. A conviction for certain crimes can mean spending time in jail separated from your family, paying fines that can create financial hardships and dealing with other penalties that may cause struggle for the foreseeable future. However, if you are an immigrant to the U.S., you have additional reasons to fear criminal charges, since they may result in your deportation.

Whether you are facing deportation because of criminal charges or because of your unlawful status in the country, you may be willing to try anything to remain in the U.S., especially if you have built a life here. If you have heard that seeking sanctuary in a church is one way to remain safe from deportation, you may want to learn the facts about the policies of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

How does the government define "child" for immigration purposes?

Every parent wants a better life for his or her child. As a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you may file a petition to bring your child into the country. Even a child age 21 or older may gain entry and permanent residency under certain circumstances.

Of course, certain rules and regulations exist, governing the entry of a child who does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Before you file a petition, however, you need to make sure that the family member meets U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' definition of "child."

Why word choice is so important during a traffic stop

You may be among those in Mississippi who consider themselves men or women of few words, meaning you tend to be on the quiet side and perhaps, only speak when spoken to. On the other hand, you might be in a category that includes adults who have gotten in trouble for their most of their lives for talking too much or for saying the wrong things at the wrong time.

Most people's lives include moments where choosing words carefully is critical to obtaining a positive outcome whether they're a seasoned conversationalist or on the introverted side. One such time would be during a traffic stop. What you say to the officer overseeing the situation can greatly affect the result. It's a good idea to think of this type of potential situation ahead of time, to make sure you know your rights and learn what to do or not do when an officer detains you.

What turns a traffic stop into a DUI arrest?

Like every other state, Mississippi has a legal limit at which authorities would consider you impaired. When it comes to alcohol, the legal limit generally means a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. However, an officer could place you under arrest on suspicion of DUI with a BAC lower than .08 depending on the circumstances.

You could also face charges for DUI for using drugs that impair your ability to drive, which includes prescription medications. The question that you and many other people ask is: what turns a traffic stop into an arrest for driving under the influence?

Facing deportation after felony charges

If you are in the United States under a visa or green card, you probably spent many months or even years working to obtain that status. Being in Mississippi may have reunited you with family, offered you new opportunities for work or study, or granted you protection and safety you did not have in your home country.

With the hard work and time you spent reaching your goal of being lawfully present in the U.S., the last thing you want to do is to jeopardize your status. At some point in your immigration process, you may have heard of the factors that could threaten your status in this country. One of the surest ways to place yourself at risk of deportation is to commit a criminal act.

Is asylum your only hope of avoiding harm in your native country?

Though you may have felt a great sense of pride for your native country, you may have always known that its borders did not act as a safe harbor. You and your family may have had the ability to remain off the radar of any real danger for a time, but some incident led to you and your loved ones becoming a target.

In order to protect yourself and your family, you may have decided that fleeing your native country was the only way to avoid harm. As a result, your next steps may have involved trying to obtain asylum in the United States, which you likely knew would not come easy.

Prenuptial agreements may not determine child custody

A well-crafted prenuptial agreement can not only provide a streamlined divorce without needless complications, it can even strengthen your marriage and keep it strong by protecting both spouses from difficult financial pressures that often sink the union. However, even an otherwise strong prenuptial agreement is vulnerable to challenges if it includes invalid provisions. Some of the most commonly included invalid provisions that may threaten an agreement address child custody and child support.

When parents divorce, the court hearing the matter prefers for the parents to present a parenting plan they both approve to the court, but it only gives them so much flexibility to determine the arrangement. The chief concern of the court is the best interests of the child, and it may amend or outright reject a parenting and custody agreement that places parent's preference over those interests.

What documentation do I need to get a work visa?

Coming to the United States to begin a new job can be exciting and frightening. In addition to starting new employment, you will be entering a new culture with many unfamiliar practices and customs. Nevertheless, you may be looking forward to the challenges, and perhaps obtaining your visa to work in the U.S. is something you have wanted to do for a long time.

A limited number of work visas are available each year, and your prospective employer may have made arrangements for you to begin your new position in Mississippi as soon as possible. One of the most frustrating things that can happen during the process of attempting to obtain a work visa is to learn that you have not included the correct documentation with your application. Failing to include all documents the National Visa Center requests, completed thoroughly and accurately, may mean delays in your visa process.


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