Time News tracked the United States’ past population estimates of illegal immigrants and published the results on Sept. 23 in their article, “Study: Illegal Immigration May be on the Rise Again.”
As of March 2012, 11.7 million people were thought to be living without legal authorization in the United States, according to the Pew study based on U.S. government data. That figure is lower than the estimated 12.2 million level at which the unauthorized immigrant population in the U.S. peaked in 2007, after decades of trending upward. But it is greater than the 11.3 million undocumented immigrants estimated to be living in the U.S. in 2009.
Do not be unauthorized and undocumented
Any reputable Sacramento immigration lawyer will tell you that legal immigration allows a person to reap benefits illegal immigrants could never enjoy. Legal immigrants are protected against deportation, can apply for any job they qualify for, and have an established legal status in American society. This status may be expensive and difficult to obtain, but if you want to enjoy the good quality of life offered by your new country, it is important to realize that the benefits of legal immigration far outweigh the risks of an illegal one.
If you entered the country illegally or if you came in legally but overstayed it is important that you speak to an immigration attorney about your options. There are programs that may help you obtain legal status. However, if you delay to take action you may lose your ability to use these programs and become a legal resident.
Legal immigrants are given legal status. Even if their visas expire, they maintain this legal status while they wait for their Green Card. In the meantime, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will send out a welcome letter that serves as protection against authorities while the Green Card application is being processed.
Talk to an immigration lawyer
An immigration lawyer in Sacramento, like those from the Law Offices of Lawrence Gruner, Inc., can answer all your questions about the immigration process. Your eligibility for various visa categories can be evaluated, and help will be provided to assist you with achieving your immigration goals. Home is where your heart is, so speak to an immigration lawyer today to make Sacramento your permanent home.