This Monday, the Supreme Court of the U.S. decided to reject an attempt by two towns in both Pennsylvania and Texas to get the court to review their former illegal immigration laws. Both towns had felt like the government was not adequately enforcing current immigration laws, prompting the towns to enact ordinances with the aim of flushing out illegal immigrants and penalizing the landlords and employers who worked with them.
The employers, workers, landlords and tenants of these towns challenged the laws in court, and won their cases. By dismissing the town’s request for review, the Supreme Court has effectively agreed that what the towns did was not acceptable.
Immigration law isn’t always easy to understand — it definitely helps to have an immigration attorney on hand to understand what is going on, and be able to react to it. Here are several important points immigrants should know about the legal process.
The Legality of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
- According to Forbes, “More than 40 percent of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants.” Immigrants and their children have a long history of being at the helm of businesses in the U.S.
- You can qualify for an E-2 visa if you invest a large amount of money — over $500,000 — in either a new U.S. business or an existing one. The business must keep at least 10 people employed. The visa is renewed in two year increments.
- You can also apply for a green card just based on your status as an investor or entrepreneur, without qualifying for E-2. However, this gives you a “fifth preference” when it comes to receiving an immigrant visa number, lowering your chances of getting chosen.
Why You Should Work With Immigration Lawyers
- When it comes to people trying to obtain U.S. citizenship, fraud is rampant, and officials will be on the lookout for anything that looks fishy or incomplete. A lawyer can make sure you have everything you need to apply, and that no information has been mis-recorded that could hurt your chances.
- Many people assume it’s easy to get into the U.S. on student visas and just stick around. Although you can get into the country this way, it becomes much more difficult to find work once your visa expires. You also risk becoming one of the hundreds of thousands of people deported each year.
- If you are encountering delays in the processing of your green card application, a lawyer could potentially help to move it along out of the black bureaucratic hole it fell into.
Are you looking into your options for becoming a legal citizen of the U.S.? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.