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Seeking asylum in South Carolina

Immigrants who are seeking asylum may apply for the procedure in order to remain in the United States. In order to be eligible to apply for asylum, the applicant must have faced or have been threatened with persecution for their nationality, their race, their religion or their political beliefs.

Applying for a student visa

Foreigners who have been accepted to a program of study in South Carolina are required to apply for a student visa before arriving in the United States. Depending on the type of school, the student would either apply for an F-1 visa or an M-1 visa. Before applying for a student visa, the applicant would need to be accepted to a school in the United States that is approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

What is a K-1 Visa?

A South Carolina resident who is engaged to be married to a person who is not a citizen of the United States may sponsor his or her significant other on a K-1 visa application. The K-1 visa allows a non-citizen fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen to enter the United States in order to get married.

Local jails refusing to detain immigrants for federal agents

According to a recent report, many local law-enforcement agencies in South Carolina and elsewhere, are refusing to honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An individual who is detained by request of the ICE may face deportation.

How can an immigrant receive a green card from a job?

South Carolina immigrants may be interested to learn how a green card could be obtained through an employment offer in the U.S. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an employer generally needs to petition for an immigrant worker by filing Form I-140 in order for the immigrant to qualify for this type of green card.

Can I petition for my family members if I'm an asylee or refugee?

Those who are an asylee or refugee in South Carolina or other states may be able to petition for family members to obtain derivative status. To be eligible to petition for family members, the person designated an asylee or refugee must have gained that status directly. That means that the petitioner did not gain such status through another family member. In addition, eligible petitioners must have been granted asylee or refugee status within two years of making the petition.

Overview of South Carolina immigration laws

Federal legislation, along with laws enacted in South Carolina, provide extensive information on a person's immigration status and on the rights they receive based on that status. The government addresses checks through employers, E-verify laws, voting, restrictions on government benefits, law enforcement checks and background information obtained by educational institutions.

Immigration removal defense procedures

Once immigrants in South Carolina are placed in removal proceedings, they become eligible to apply for certain defensive forms of immigration relief. Individuals who are in the country without any type of legal status are not eligible for some of these forms of relief as the removal proceedings themselves provide the mechanisms.

High numbers of immigrants fail to report to agents

The overwhelming influx of Central American immigrants in recent months has stretched many communities' resources, including some in South Carolina. While numbers are sketchy, it is estimated that up to 70 percent of those released into communities have failed to obey directions to report back to immigration agents within 15 days. An audio recording of a meeting between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and advocates for individuals seeking family immigration was obtained by the Associated Press and provided insight on the matter. However, the AP has unsuccessfully attempted to get official comment on the numbers involved.

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