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Can undocumented immigrant farm workers qualify for a visa?

One of the areas that might be affected by the new presidential administration is immigration law. In particular, President-elect Donald Trump has made statements about deporting undocumented immigrants. How those statements might take shape remains to be seen. In the meantime, a local commentator suggests that business visas offered to undocumented migrant farm workers might help Tennessee’s agricultural industry.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, approximately half of the nation’s farm workers are undocumented. These workers typically work for minimum wages or less. A large-scale deportation of these workers could upset the industry, with potential consequences including not enough workers or higher prices. 

The bureau hopes to establish a visa program for these workers. Although the program likely would not offer citizenship, it would provide lawful residency. A law firm that focuses on immigrant rights can also explore options for undocumented workers. Our law firm has helped both legal and undocumented immigrants in the Nashville area who had fears about their right to work and live in the United States. Deportation can break up families and result in many injustices.

Fortunately, there are many categories of immigrant visas. Family petitions, business visas, civil rights and permanent residency are just some of the areas we have explored on behalf of those living in fear of deportation. If you are an undocumented immigrant living in the United States, one of the first steps we might consider is filing an application for adjustment of status with the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, in conjunction with a work permit. Consult with an experienced immigration attorney to explore all of your options.

Source: Lebanon Democrat, “Tennessee ag industry could see impact from Trump immigration policy,” Dec. 29, 2016

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