Homeownership is part of the American dream -- whether you were born here or moved here from somewhere else. You don't have to be a U.S. citizen to own a home in this country. However, if you need a mortgage to be able to afford a home -- as most of us do -- it's important to understand how your immigration status comes into play.
Most people are thrilled when they finally receive their green cards -- often after a very long wait. However, for thousands of people who received their green cards this year, that excitement has been tampered by a glitch.
Among the overhauls to America's immigration policies being pursued by the Trump Administration are changes impacting recipients of H-1B visas. This visa is an important step toward a green card for many people. Despite the anti-immigration rhetoric coming from Washington, H-1B visa applications continue to pour in. This is the sixth year in a row that the government had to stop accepting applications after a week because of the volume.
Some of our readers may have seen the recent media reports that First Lady Melania Trump was granted what's commonly referred to as an "Einstein visa" years ago. The official name of the visa is EB-1. It's purpose is to allow immigrants who "have an extraordinary ability, are an outstanding professor or researcher or are a multinational executive or manager" to live and work in the country legally.
There is much debate in the corridors of power in Washington these days about the legal status of people who live in this country but weren't born here. Therefore, it's only natural that many immigrants as well as those who seek to live in this country are nervous and confused.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials, under direction of President Donald Trump, announced on December 18 their intentions to update an aspect of the green card application process. They will discontinue honoring congressional appeals for green cards as they've historically been accepted in the past.