March 2017 Archives

Fear of Trump immigration policy deters domestic violence reports

For those whose presence in the United States is threatened by abuse or crime, the U visa has been a lifesaver -- literally. Under the U visa program, victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes who are helpful to law enforcement are eligible to stay in the U.S. independent of other family members, who may include the abuser. Unauthorized migrants have the same rights as other victims of crime to apply for U visas, and U visa holders are eligible for green cards and eventual U.S. citizenship.

Foreigners and their rights

Many immigrants in Nashville are unsure of their civil rights. They may think they do not have any because they are not citizens of the United States, and they do not realize they do not have to suffer the many forms of mistreatment and harassment they often receive. Many of the rights and protections laid forth in the Constitution also extend to immigrants. Anyone who is a foreigner, regardless of his or her immigration status, should take some time to learn about her or his rights.

What businesses need to know about changes to I-9 forms

As of January 22, 2017, there is a new version of the I-9 form that all employers must use when hiring a new employee to verify their ability to work in the United States of America. The new form must also be used when reverifying expired employment authorization of a current employee.

Could an executive order endanger your permanent residency?

More executive orders on immigration may be on the way. According to reports, a new travel ban would identify travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, but offer exemptions to those who already have United States visas. Specifically, the targeted countries would likely include Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Refugees from these countries would likely also be denied acceptance.

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