Immigration policy in the United States is a very dynamic field because the laws are always changing in both large and small ways. The policy today might be outdated by tomorrow.



To further complicate matters, there are many sub-classifications of visas—not to mention a variety of very particular programs that the U.S. government extends to hopeful immigrants. The entire process of obtaining a visa is long and complex, and the sheer number of people trying to enter the country makes it all the more difficult.

For all these reasons, it’s important that serious visa applicants speak to an immigration attorney. A lawyer can help you select the program that best fits your goals. Then, your attorney can help you prepare the application, file it with the proper agency and, if need be, appeal a denied claim. If you are looking for reliable legal advice in Louisville, don’t hesitate to contact us. At the O’Brien Law Group, we have 14 years of experience offering comprehensive legal support to our clients. To learn more, please call us at 502-400-7890.

1. The White House May Offer More Green Cards

President Obama is considering a variety of ways to alter the immigration system using executive actions, and The Hill reports that expanding the green-card program is likely at the top of his list. Businesses, especially those in the technology industry, are expecting he will offer more green cards to foreign workers. If he approves this new proposal, Obama will be offering hundreds of thousands of additional green cards to workers and their families.

Here’s how it would work: The group proposes that each primary green-card holder be the only person that counts toward the yearly limit for new cards. In other words, the workers’ families will no longer count toward the maximum number of approvals, freeing up a large percentage of the overall pool. However, the president hasn’t finalized any of his plans, and the White House says we’ll have to wait until the end of the summer to learn more.

2. Spousal Abuse Victims Now Eligible for Asylum

Generally, immigrants only qualify for asylum if they have been persecuted in their home country based on religion or race. There are several other ways to qualify, but domestic violence has never been one of them.

The Huffington Post reports that spousal-abuse victims are now eligible for asylum in certain circumstances thanks to a landmark ruling. A judge extended asylum to a Guatemalan woman who fled from her husband and feared for her life. She qualified because the police in her city knew about the abuse and did nothing about it.

If you are looking for solid legal advice while applying for a visa or fighting deportation, we are here to help. At the O’Brien Law Group, we are committed to offering the best possible immigration service, and you can count on us to give you the attention you deserve. To learn more, call 502-400-7890.


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