We don’t have to tell you about the controversies regarding immigration law in the United States, or situations involving illegal and legal immigration in Louisiana. You see news reports every day discussing Executive Orders or proposed legislation on immigration. You’ve talked about them with co-workers and friends. If you have a relative overseas that wishes to immigrate to the United States, you need to know what the best legal course of action is. Or if you are already a resident in Louisiana, how do you legitimize your status and become a full citizen? As Governor Jan Brewer said in 2010, Louisiana had “become the superhighway for illegal border crossings and drug trafficking in the United States.”
First some facts:
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau the foreign-born share of Louisiana’s population rose from 2.1% in 1990, to 2.6% in 2000, to 3.9% in 2013. As of 2013 Louisiana was home to 182,559 immigrants, which is nearly the population of Jackson, Mississippi.
- Immigrants are re-shaping the cultural patterns of Louisiana. Again according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino share of Louisiana’s population grew from 2.2% in 1990 to 4.7% (or 218,620 people) in 2013. Meanwhile, the Asian share of the population grew from 1.0% in 1990, to 1.6% (or 74,227 people) in 2013.
- Legal Immigrants comprised 5.4% of the state’s workforce in 2013 (or 118,068 workers), according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
- While it is much more difficult to document, illegal/unauthorized immigrants comprised 1.8% of the state’s workforce (or 40,000 workers) in 2010, according to a report by the Pew Hispanic Center.
What is the difference between a Legal and Illegal Alien?
Under U.S. law there are two types of visas: non-immigrant and immigrant.
Non-immigrant visas allow foreigners to travel, study or work temporarily in the U.S.
Immigrant visas allow for a path to immigrate to the U.S. permanently.
The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 40 percent of illegal immigrants are here due to overstaying the duration of their temporary visa or have done something that violated their status.
What Should You Do?
If a question of immigration touches your life, it is important to have a plan in place. At the Law Office of Sanjay K. Biswas, we pride ourselves in our knowledge of Immigration Law. We will be at your side in ensuring that any citizenship questions are dealt with honestly and fairly.
Perhaps you already have a family lawyer who handled your home purchase or drew up your will. But has that lawyer worked on immigration cases before? Equally important, has your current lawyer been successful with the case she or he has handled? We are proud to have helped families throughout the Gulf Coast for the past eighteen years.
Contact our Metairie, Louisiana, law firm at 504-383-8969, by email or in person to speak with our lawyer. We offer a free initial consultation and look forward to discussing how we can make a difference for you. For extended, serious cases, payment plan options are available.
Contact: Sanjay K. Biswas
Location: 1000 1/2 Fourth Street, Gretna, New Orleans LA 70053