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Outline I.Introduction to Immigration Types of Status Navigating the System Culture Clash with the Legal System II.Collaboration Applications Cancellation.

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1 Outline I.Introduction to Immigration Types of Status Navigating the System Culture Clash with the Legal System II.Collaboration Applications Cancellation of Removal – the story of Jonathan U Visa – the story of Maria III.Cultural Issues in the Legal System

2 Types of Immigration Undocumented Temporary Immigration Permanent Residence Naturalized Citizen

3 Undocumented Overstay Unlawful crossing No access to adjustment of status

4 Consequences No right to work No right to means-tested benefits No right to stay in the country Visa process is long Must leave country to get any status year bar

5 Examples Maria – brought as small child Mark – USC father, adoption

6 Nonimmigrants Business RelatedFamily Related Temporary for businessFiance(e)s of USC Temporary workers Religious workers Tourism Law Enforcement/Victim Temporary for pleasureVictims of Trafficking Visa Waiver ProgramVictims of Violence Students/exchange Noncitizens assisting law enforcement

7 Benefits/Rights Can remain for specific period of time May be able to work Potential to become a permanent resident IF they are eligible. Subject to deportation for certain actions

8 Lawful Permanent Residence Asylum Business Diversity/Lottery Family

9 Visa Bulletin FamilyGeneralChinaIndiaMexicoPhilippinesAvailable USC adult single children ,400 LPR spouse and children ,934 LPR adult single children ,266 USC adult married children ,400 USC siblings ,000

10 Benefits Can stay permanently Can freely work Can’t vote! Can become a naturalized citizen after at least 5 years CAN STILL BE DEPORTED

11 Asd Perjury Noncriminal possession Miguel TejadaAmy Winehouse Hugh GrantMIA Procuring Parent as “terrorist” prostitute

12 Navigating the System 1.Undocumented – No process – Constant potential for deportation 2.Applications – Lengthy timeframe – Lack of information available from government during process 3.Court – Lengthy timeframe – Full hearing with opposing counsel, and judge to determine eligibility

13 Cancellation of removal 10 years continuous physical presence No convictions Good moral character Exceptional and extremely unusual hardship

14 U Visa Victim of crime In the United States Helpful to prosecution Substantial mental or physical abuse

15 Cultural Issues Demeanor Terminology Cultural context


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