South Carolina employers may be interested in learning that the federal government might start approving an increasing number of H2-B visas. H2-B visas allow companies to hire non-skilled employees to work in various industries other than farming and agriculture.
People in South Carolina who were born outside of the country and were minors when one parent became a U.S. citizen may also be citizens. However, certain conditions must be in place.
South Carolinians whose parents were undocumented immigrants may be interested to know that their circumstances could make them eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrants who want to apply must have entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and be at least 15 years old at the time of their application. If they satisfy the previous conditions, came to the U.S. on or prior to June 15, 2007 and were less than 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, they may be eligible to apply.
South Carolina residents may be unaware of recent raids in Texas involving more than 100 immigrants from Central America. Those involved were mostly women and children, some of whom have alleged that they were not advised of their legal rights during the operation. This is reportedly the first major effort to deport members of this group since the rise in numbers of Central Americans coming to seek asylum.
Undocumented immigrants may want to send their children to school in order to ensure that their youngsters get an education, but a lack of birth certificates and other identification could signal that undocumented status to school officials and others. South Carolina and other states may face challenges in formulating compassionate strategies for dealing with the impact of undocumented students on their school systems. In Los Angeles, the school board has resolved to limit access for officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
South Carolina residents who are interested in U.S. immigration policies may have heard that a woman who was being held in a Texas detention center when she suffered multiple seizures was released. Her release only occurred after advocates became concerned about her health.
An individual living and working in South Carolina under a green card might want to pursue citizenship in the future. However, there are requirements for good moral character, which could be affected by conviction of crimes while residing in the U.S. The types of crimes and the results of criminal cases might interfere with naturalization, especially if a sufficient period of time has not passed since such incidents when a person decides to begin the proceedings to obtain citizenship.
Some South Carolina businesses have H-2A employees working for them. If the business is restructured or is sold, the new employer must make certain to follow certain requirements in order to continue using their employees' H-2A certificates.
Permanent residents living in South Carolina may be able to naturalize after five years of living in the United States. Green card holders who are married to a U.S. citizen spouse are only required to live in the United States for three years before applying for citizenship. Before naturalizing, both types of applicants must meet the 'continuous residence" and 'physical presence" requirements.