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Paperwork mistake causes immigrant to face deportation

Charleston residents may have a family member or know a family member who is affected by immigration issues. Obtaining permanent residence in the United States can be a confusing and challenging issue for many individuals. Fortunately, there are individuals who specialize in immigration law issues to help those in need.

Recently, a New York illegal immigrant who though he had obtained permanent residence in the United States is now facing deportation. In January 2013, the man obtained a "U-Visa" as part of a federal program. This program would grant visas to immigrants who were the victims of violent crimes legal status, as long as they assisted police in the investigations.

The man cooperated with police and was granted legal residence in the U.S. to live and work. However, a year later he is facing deportation back to China because of an administrative paperwork error by the NYPD. The required paperwork was not signed by the police Commissioner so the NYPD informed the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that the approval for the visa was invalid without the signature. If the paperwork is not signed by the Commissioner, the man will face deportation back to China.

Many illegal immigrants may be facing deportation proceedings. Immigrants may qualify for visas to stay in the United States. Various visas may be issued to individuals based on if they are a family member of a permanent resident or whether the individual work for a U.S. employer or will obtain employment with a U.S. company. Additionally, some immigrants may qualify for asylum in order to remain in the U.S.

Navigating immigration issues is an evolving process. Immigration reform may be on the way and immigrants may be eligible for other types of visas. Any individual facing deportation or immigration issues needs to ensure that their legal rights are protected at all times.

Source: New York Post, "Illegal immigrant faces deportation after NYPD paperwork error," May 10, 2014

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