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Immigrating to Oklahoma
The U.S. is a popular destination for immigrants from all over the globe. Whether a person wants to travel for a while or want to find a job and begin building a life in America. There are many reasons to immigrate to the states and everyone should follow the legal process by apply for a visa, asylum, a green card or humanitarian parole. Immigrants account for 5.8 percent of Oklahoma’s population.
Getting authorization for entry into the U.S.
Immigrants who want to work in Oklahoma or want to be reunited with a spouse or relative must get legal authorization. Below are customary ways an immigrant can get permission to be in the U.S.:
Immigrant visas: This category of visas is awarded to individuals who want to become legal permanent residents (green card holders) or U.S. citizens.
Nonimmigrant visas: This category of visa is issued for temporary work or travel and usually expires within 90 days.
Asylum- Refugees from war or persecution can seek asylum and will be relocated to the U.S. after they are vetted.
Common immigrant and nonimmigrants as outlined by the U.S. State Department:
IR1 and CR1- Spouse of U.S. citizen
K-1 Fiancé of U.S. citizen
DV- Diversity visa
H-1B- Issued to highly-skilled workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
H-2B – Issued for temporary work in the agricultural and hospitality industries.
H-3B- Trainee or special education visitor
Applying for a visa
Applying for a visa is not a simple task and it’s not unusual for an immigrant to make a mistake that couple jeopardize an immigrant’s chances of being granted a visa. Congress sets puts yearly caps on the number of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas each year so accuracy is critical. If you need help with an employment visa, a family-based visa or need a deportation defense, speak with an immigration lawyer in Oklahoma.
Undocumented Immigration in Oklahoma
Not all immigrants get approval of their visa or asylum request, so they see crossing the border illegally as an alternative. Or, their visa expires and the overstay my months, sometimes years. No having legal status is can make life difficult and in immigrant must always live in fear of deportation.
Because there such a large number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., federal immigration agents will use whatever tool or resource necessary to catch and deport undocumented immigrants. One of those tools is local law enforcement. Some counties in the state participate in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) ACCESS Program which allows officers in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections to work directly with federal authorities to enforce immigration laws.
If you want to apply or a visa, need an adjustment of status or need a deportation defense, USAttorneys recommends you set up a consultation with immigration attorney. We have a top-notch team of lawyers in Oklahoma who will assist you with every stage of the process. Call today set up a consultation today.