The United States immigration system is very complicated and can seem daunting to the individuals caught up in the paperwork, especially if English isn’t their first language. Legal permanent residency (also known as a green card or LPR) is only provided to a few hundred thousand immigrants each year, and only for very specific reasons.
- The most LPR visas are assigned based on family relations, first to sponsoring US citizens and then to sponsoring LPRs. Even so, preference is given to only the most direct relatives: parents, spouses, and unmarried children under 21 years of age. The sponsor must also prove that he or she has a certain minimum income and must promise to be financially responsible for the immigrant once he or she comes to the States.
- US employers can sponsor their employees for both temporary and permanent work visas, but permanent visas are low in supply and almost all demand special skills, training, or circumstances. Even many kinds of temporary visa are limited in number.
Refugees and asylum-seekers can request LPR visas if they can show just cause to fear for their safety back home.
- The last sort of permanent visas are diversity visas, which are offered to areas of the world that don’t typically send many immigrants to the United States. Skill requirements are generally less restrictive than permanent employment visas, but even so immigrants must prove they hold at least a high school diploma and have worked at least two years in a profession that requires at least two years of training or experience.
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that the demand for United States green cards far exceeds the supply, and for every kind of permanent visa there is either a long line or else a lottery system with poor odds for any individual.
It’s never a good day when you see a loved one from between the bars of a cell door, no matter what the reason. Perhaps you already live and work in the United States and you are living in limbo as you wait for the overburdened immigration system to hear your case for a permanent work or asylum visa. Perhaps you’ve secured green cards for some but not all of your family as you transition from temporary to permanent residency. Perhaps you or a loved one stands accused of a crime and an immigration judge is considering deportation.
However it happens, someone you care about may end up in jail, and you may need an immigration bail bonds to get him or her out.
If you live in North Carolina, or anywhere in the United States, and if you need the help of an immigration bail bond to get your loved one out of detention, then Amistad Bail and Immigration Bonds may be able to help. Even if all you need is a free consultation to find out what to do if the worst should happen, you can contact us at (919) 790-6887. If you are here local in Raleigh, please visit our office at 421 Chapanoke Rd #114, Raleigh NC 27603.