Due to last year’s political situation in the United States, most of the immigrants in this country are living with uncertainty. It’s understandable, and here are some tips:
You have rights:
Even if you are undocumented, you have rights. Immigration officers might try to intimidate you. It’s important for you to know, despite your legal situation, that you are entitled to have protection against violent crimes. If you or someone close to you suffer from a violent crime and are currently undocumented, it’s better to contact our immigration attorney in Los Angeles. You may qualify for a U Visa.
If ICE agents show up to your door, there are some things that we recommend doing: don’t open the door, be calm, ask them why they are there (in case you need an interpreter ask for one), if they insist in entering, you should ask for a warrant signed by a judge, don’t sign anything until you speak to a lawyer.
Don’t go against the law:
Don’t drive without a license, violate traffic laws, keep your kids out of school, or have any kind of legal trouble. All this may ruin your possibilities to have a green card or even get your citizenship. You should be really careful because any illegal activity can go against your legal status even it is something minor.
Pay your taxes on time:
Even if you are an undocumented immigrant, don’t avoid the payment of taxes. In the pursuit of a citizenship it is necessary to have everything in order. If you are working you should pay taxes like every other resident. It is part of the law and a civic and financial responsibility. You have to put yourself in the system. Go to the IRS office and get an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN). This is very useful when trying to pay taxes and even getting a driver license. Having an ITIN number, will make you look responsible and will be helpful for your citizenship application.
Don’t be scared to ask for help
Being an undocumented immigrant is not a crime. You shouldn’t be afraid to contact our immigration attorney in Los Angeles. They will inform you about all your rights and the steps you should follow in getting a green card or citizenship.
Some more extra tips
Learning English will help you more if you are an immigrant starting a new life in the USA. You will have more opportunities and communicate better. A good option to start studying English is in the local libraries. Some of them have special programs for reading, speaking, and writing. After the language, we recommend learning about the American culture. This is a good way to show respect for the place where you will be living.
As an immigrant, you are not eligible for employment, which is why starting a new business will help you with your financial status. In the USA, it is not hard to get a business license. Take advantage of that and start your own business. This can also get your deductions on your taxes when using your car to work, buying supplies or other expenses.
If you are living in the United States for the first time, it is really important to beware of scams. Many people take advantage of your situation, so it is common for most immigrants to be scammed. Do not trust any random person for your green card, your citizenship or your immigrant work visa. Look for the best professional immigration lawyers in Los Angeles. At Alami Law, we have years of experience helping immigrants with their legal status.