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Requisitos y proceso para obtener la ciudadanía

Sin lugar a dudas, Nueva York es una de las ciudades más pobladas de Estados Unidos. Hasta el año 2017 y según las previsiones de crecimiento poblacional que se han realizado desde el último censo (2010) la población sería un total de 8.55 millones de habitantes, de los cuales 4.5 millones serían inmigrantes.

Los principales países de origen de los inmigrantes que viven en Nueva York son República Dominicana con un 11.2 por ciento, China con un 8.7 por ciento, Jamaica con un 5.2 por ciento, México con un 5.2 por ciento y Ecuador con 4.2 por ciento.

Thousands show up for fake immigration court dates

New York immigrants face dozens of worries on a daily basis. These worries are often compounded by what might feel like constant changes to immigration law and policy. However, these individuals generally try their very best to comply with orders and requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Unfortunately, ICE does not always have the best interests of immigrants at heart.

In Jan. 2019, thousands of immigrants across the United States showed up for court hearings. These individuals had all received Notices to Appear -- NTAs -- from ICE officials with the exact same court date. After many people traveled hours from their homes, they were given upsetting news -- the court dates were all fake.

Fake university set up to catch immigration fraud

Many immigrants to the United States find that one of the most exciting opportunities they can have is to receive an education from specialty school or university. A completed degree can create a path to longtime employment and even a life of personal fulfillment.

Many international students looking to learn a trade can study in American universities on F-1 Visas once they are accepted into a school. To keep this status however, the student needs to stay enrolled full-time and the school must be legitimate. However, recently at the University of Farmington in the state of Michigan, neither of these requirements were being followed. The university had been set up as a sting operation to apprehend students who were using the fake University as a means of staying in the country.

Real estate: Can I change the zoning for my property?

Owning property is an exciting experience, and many landowners have lofty goals for their future land use. Unfortunately, zoning laws tend to get in the way of some of the best plans. Although it may feel impossible to get around these types of real estate restrictions, many people in New York are pleased to discover they have options for moving forward with their plans.

Governments regulate how certain lands can be used through zoning. Zoning certainly has its benefits and is widely touted as being an essential aspect of orderly growth that ultimately serves the interests of the public. Zones often focus on advancing the health, safety and general welfare of the community. However, the broad application of zoning laws does not always take into account the various nuances that go into growth, and owners whose plans coincide with the well-being of the community might find that they are blocked from moving forward.

Wait times for immigration hearings growing longer by the day

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things to deal with is simply waiting for more information about something important. Those hoping to immigrate to New York might be facing a whole new round of frustrations as the waiting time for immigration hearings reaches a historic high. Although there are many different factors at play, here are a few issues contributing to this growing backlog.

Over the past several years, many immigration courts have not received adequate funding. This translates into a lack of resources that make it difficult to carry out all of the necessary processes of an otherwise functioning government office. In 2018, the number of backlogged cases hit one million.

Criminal defense: Could New York implement a lower legal BAC?

In New York, the legal blood alcohol limit for driving is .08. For years this has been the same across the entire nation, but now one state has enacted far stricter laws. Drivers in this other state will now have to prepare a criminal defense if they drive with a BAC of .05 percent.

In 2017, approximately 11,000 Americans died in alcohol-related collisions. However, that same year one state out West had the lowest number of alcohol-related deaths. A new law aimed at reducing its already relatively low number of deaths went into effect on Dec. 30, 2018, which lowered the legal BAC for driving from .08 to .05, making it the strictest in the nation.  Advocates for the new law believe that the change is good, though, as the National Transportation Safety Board estimates that a nationwide .05 BAC could reduce the number of fatalities in drunk driving accidents by about 1,800.

Immigration: Attending school in the United States

Attending school in the United States is an exciting and lucrative opportunity. For international students who wish to study in New York, securing the appropriate non-immigrant student visa involves meeting several requirements. Consider the follow immigration law requirements when getting ready to apply.

Students must first be accepted to either a vocational program, language-training program or U.S. educational institution. Attending part-time is not an option, so applicants should be sure to apply as full-time students. The institution must also be valid in the student visa requirements, and the student must have already completed the required prerequisites for their studies. Unless the student's purpose of study is in an English language program, this includes demonstrating a sufficient use of the language. Exceptions are made if the program is taught in the student's native language.

Are you eligible for a Green Card?

These days, immigration issues seem to make headlines more than they ever have before. Many non-citizens are growing concerned about their chances of staying in the country, and they may want to know what their immigration options are.

If you are interested in securing your stay in the United States, it may be worth exploring the possibility of getting a Green Card. A Green Card grants you many of the same rights as a U.S. citizen, allowing you to legally stay in the country for an indefinite period. To find out if you are eligible, you may want to review the various categories that could qualify you:

Inspection is critical when buying real estate

Searching for a home can be a stressful experience. After all, most people intend to live in their new home for years or even decades, and the burden of packing, selling and moving is not something they want to do anytime soon. This is why is it important not to skip steps when buying real estate in New York. One of those steps is having a home inspection.

When a buyer looks at a house, he or she may only have minutes to walk through and get a feel for the size and layout of the space. The house may look perfect, but buyers may forget that the seller may have made many cosmetic updates to present a good impression. What is beneath those updates is something an experienced inspector should find out. Since buying a home is often an emotional event, having the unbiased and professional opinion of an inspector can give a potential buyer the information necessary to make a prudent decision.

Steps to take after suffering a personal injury

The period of time following a car accident can be incredibly overwhelming and confusing. New York victims often feel uncertain about their rights and how to proceed with potentially seeking compensation for their injuries. In many cases, a personal injury claim is an appropriate choice for victims.

Unless a person is seriously injured and requires immediate medical attention, it is important to stay at the scene of an accident. Even if the individual was not at fault, leaving before police arrive might leave lead to hit-and-run criminal charges. While still at the scene and waiting for authorities to arrive, it is a good idea for those who are capable of moving about safely to check on the people who were involved.

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