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Supplemental help not offered in South Carolina to immigrants

A September 2014 report from the Pew Charitable Trust shows that the foreign-born population of South Carolina has grown at a faster rate than that of any other state. The report is based on family immigration figures recorded between 2010 and 2012. The report also found that South Carolina is one of 10 states that offer no supplementary benefits to immigrants or their families.

How do I renew my green card?

The majority of people living in South Carolina with permanent residency status are likely aware of the need to ensure the continuing validity of their Form I-551 cards, commonly known as "green cards." Unconditional green cards retain their legal validity for 10 years, and residents who plan to remain within the United States are advised to begin the renewal process within six months of a card's expiration date or as quickly as possible following its expiration.

LGBT-rights activist gets good news about asylum application

South Carolina residents might be interested to learn about an asylum case that is making big news. An LGBT rights activist from Uganda had his asylum application recommended for approval on Sept. 11. In the letter he received from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the man learned that he would be formally granted asylum after passing a background check.

Immigration requirements as an immediate relative

South Carolina residents who are citizens of the United States may be interested in how an immediate relative can obtain a green card, also known as permanent residence. If the person is a spouse, an unmarried offspring under the age of 21 or the parent of a citizen over the age of 21, the U.S. citizen can petition the government to allow the relative to come and live permanently in the country.

Information on employment-based immigrant visas

Non-U.S. citizens who are interested in obtaining a work visa allowing them to move to South Carolina may be curious about the procedure involved. There are different types of employment visas, depending on a worker's education, skills and abilities. For most types of visas, the sponsoring employer files the documentation to ask that the worker be permitted to work in the United States.

How do you get asylum in the United States?

South Carolina residents might be interested to learn about the process for seeking and obtaining asylum in the United States. Depending on a person's particular circumstance, an asylum application may go through the affirmative process or the defensive process. In both cases, a person who has been denied asylum is allowed to appeal the court's decision.

What are the benefits of U.S. citizenship?

South Carolina residents living in the United States pursuant to a visa or green card may wonder about the benefits of applying for U.S. citizenship. While green card holders may typically live in the United States indefinitely, provided they do not leave for more than six months, there are some additional rights and benefits to individuals who take the oath to become citizens.

Petitioning to bring a foreign fiance into the U.S.

South Carolina residents with a penchant for travel may happen to fall in love with someone residing in a foreign country. U.S. citizens who become engaged to non-U.S. citizens or residents may ultimately want to reside with their fiancé in South Carolina or elsewhere in the country. If a U.S. citizen becomes engaged to a foreign national while that person is living outside of the U.S., the American citizen can try to bring that fiancé to the U.S. by filing a Form I-129F, also known as a Petition for Alien Fiancé.

Domestic violence may be grounds for seeking asylum

A landmark decision by the Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals could have an effect on individuals seeking asylum in South Carolina. For the first time, the board ruled that a woman fleeing domestic violence could qualify for asylum as a member of a particular social group. In this case, that social group is considered to be married women who cannot leave their relationships.

Understanding undocumented immigrant rights in South Carolina

On Aug. 22, representatives of the National Immigration Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the U.S Department of Homeland Security. The case was filed on behalf of a group of Central American women and children who claim that fast-tracking deportation cases deprived them of due process. The group is currently being held at the Artesia Family Residential Center in California.

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