Archives for August 2016

Current Statistics on Vietnamese Immigration

Vietnamese immigration has been steadily increasing in the US since the end of the Vietnam War, when a wave of refugees began seeking residence in America. In 1980, 231,000 Vietnamese immigrants resided in the United States; by 2014, that number had increased to roughly 1.3 million. The United States receives over 80% more immigrants from Vietnam than any other country, and 3% of the overall lawful permanent residents in the US are from Vietnam, making Vietnamese immigrants the sixth largest immigrant population in the country.

Emigrating to the United States

vietnamese immigrantAt Brownstein & Nguyen LLC, we handle worldwide immigration cases, helping migrants from various economic, social, and cultural backgrounds find new homes in the United States. Our practice has helped people relocate to the US from Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Morocco, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Taiwan, Denmark, China, Brazil, Columbia, the United Kingdom, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Italy, Kenya, Israel, and a variety of other countries. Many of our Vietnamese immigrant clients enter the US with green cards sponsored by family members who are citizens or lawful permanent residents. Others obtain temporary visas so that they can work or attend school while awaiting the resolution of their permanent residency petition. As a whole, lawful Vietnamese immigrants have higher incomes and lower poverty rates than other foreign-born US residents.

Vietnamese Immigrants in America

America is a land of opportunity, and our law offices have helped Vietnamese immigrants permanently relocate to all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and even to US territory in the North Pole. California draws the largest percentage of Vietnamese green card holders, with almost 40% of immigrants relocating there. Atlanta, Georgia has the 9th densest population of Vietnamese immigrants of U.S. metropolitan areas. Approximately 29,000 Vietnamese immigrants have relocated from Vietnam to Atlanta or the nearby suburban areas of Sandy Springs and Roswell. A recent overview of the Vietnamese immigrant population by The Migration Institute found that, overall, Vietnamese immigrants to the US were:

  • 17% less likely than other foreign immigrants to be proficient at English
  • Older than native and foreign-born populations in the US with an average age of 47
  • 4% less likely to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree or higher by age 25 than other foreign-born residents, and 5% less likely to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree or higher than native US residents
  • More likely to participate in the civilian labor force than native-born citizens or other immigrants
  • Earners of higher incomes than other members of the population, with a median household income of $59,933 (as of 2014)
  • 5% less likely to live in poverty than other immigrants and 1% less likely to live in poverty than native-born US citizens
  • 29% more likely than the overall US immigrant population to become naturalized citizens

Are you a Vietnamese citizen seeking a US green card or visa? Contact Brownstein & Nguyen law offices to handle your immigration case.

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Immigrant Parents of Citizen Children

Family ties make for strong bonds, not just emotionally but legally as well. Spouses, fiancés, parents, and children can sponsor a loved one for a green card, expediting the process of legal residence. But gaining lawful residence is more complicated than simply having kids on American soil, and undocumented parents of citizen children have a difficult path to achieving legal status.

Can Citizen Children Sponsor Immigrant Parents?

Short answer? Yes. But there is a long list of caveats and legal hurdles.

parent and child holding handsToday, the United States is home to 5.3 million children with undocumented parents. Of these children, roughly 4.5 million are citizens of the United States. A recent study by the Migration Policy Institute examined the ramifications that parental deportation has on U.S. born children. Kids with deported parents often end up living with friends or relatives, or placed in foster care. These children often face emotional, educational, and developmental difficulties. Parental deportation can also limit children’s access to healthcare and economic benefits. So what options do families have if the parents does not have legal status in the U.S.?

President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of American (DAPA) proposed a temporary reprieve for parents of lawful U.S. residents who fit certain qualifications. However, the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to uphold executive action extending DAPA leaves many undocumented parents at a loss. Sponsoring a parent for legal status is more difficult than sponsoring a spouse or child. A U.S. citizen must be at least 21 years of age to petition for a parent, and the parent must also comply with U.S. requirements for a green card. The child must be able to financially support the parent, and the parent must not have over 180 days of unlawful residence in the U.S., or they become inadmissible for a period of up to ten years.

Legal Options for Undocumented Parents

Immigration matters are complicated issues, especially for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens for whom deportation can have significant consequences. Parents of legal U.S. residents who entered the U.S. lawfully may apply for an extended work visa. Undocumented parents of American citizens can apply for cancellation of removal if they face deportation. Unlawful residents may have other legal routes open to them based on their specific cases.

Brownstein & Nguyen has decades of experience handling complicated immigration cases. As an immigrant herself, Tien Nguyen has both personal and professional insight into the U.S. immigration system, and uses these insights to aggressively and effectively advocate for her clients. Contact Brownstein & Nguyen Law for an evaluation of your immigration case.