Fremont Immigration And Personal Injury Law Blog

Marijuana could impact immigration status

California residents may have the right to work for companies that produce or sell marijuana products. However, if those individuals are not currently citizens, working in the legal marijuana industry could complicate the process of becoming a naturalized citizen. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USICS), those who are involved with marijuana may be considered to lack good moral character. This is because marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law.

Under the USICS guidance, the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes could also make it difficult to become a naturalized citizen. According to a member of the Drug Policy Alliance, the new policy is nothing more than a way to lash out against immigrants. He said that the policy was akin to building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

Volvo to introduce drunk driving prevention technology

Car buyers in California and around the country who are primarily concerned about accident survival often choose vehicles made by Volvo. The Swedish company was one of the first manufacturers to introduce autonomous crash avoidance systems, and it recently announced that these features will soon be triggered by cameras that are designed to observe drivers for indications of distraction or intoxication.

When the information gathered by these cameras suggest that drivers are impaired or not paying attention and a serious accident is likely, the cars they are fitted to will slow down and then park themselves safely. Distracted driving behavior that could prompt intervention include long periods with no steering input and looking away from the road ahead for more than a few seconds. The systems would take action to prevent drunk driving crashes when driver reaction times are dangerously slow or vehicles weave between lanes.

Trump's threats to close Mexican border worry business groups

Economic activity on both sides of the border between California and Mexico could suffer costly disruptions if President Trump goes forward with threats to close the border. In the eyes of business leaders, the president's concerns about illegal immigration would not warrant closing the country's southern border. The nation's largest business lobbying group, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, reached out to the White House to express its concerns about the economic cost of a border closure.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Senate, agreed that the economic consequences could be excessive. The dollar value of cross-border trade reaches far into the billions. He joined many other senators in voicing disapproval for closing the border.

What information is important to record after an accident?

After a car accident, time is of the essence. Immediate action needs to be taken to get emergency medical attention for those injured in the incident. Even if someone involved in a collision does not consider themselves to be injured, it is still vital that they get a medical check as a priority.

Similarly, information regarding the circumstances of the incident should be reported within a given time frame. If action is not taken to preserve and record evidence, it can be more difficult to establish fault further down the line, and this could ultimately lead to costly lawsuits. Therefore, it is important that you understand what information you should take action to record after the event.

Most Americans don't trust self-driving cars

US traffic fatalities have topped 40,000 for the last three years in a row. While this is alarming, a new study finds that the vast majority of people in California and across the country aren't ready to turn to autonomous vehicles for help. In fact, more Americans are afraid of self-driving vehicles than ever before.

AAA surveyed Americans about their feelings on self-driving cars and found that 71 percent would be afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle. In 2017, only 63 percent of Americans said they would avoid self-driving cars. According to AAA, the reason for the increase in fear is that autonomous cars have been involved in several deadly accidents in recent years. For example, in March 2018, an autonomous Uber car hit and killed a woman as she crossed a dark street in Arizona. In the same month, a Tesla driver was killed in Mountain View when he placed his car in "autopilot" mode and crashed.

The changes in H-1B and H-4 applications

Whenever an American employer in California wants to hire a foreign worker with a higher education degree, they must file for an H-1B visa application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Accordingly, USCIS will discern whether the potential employee meets certain credentials before putting them in a lottery. Only 65,000 H-1B visas in total are issued in this lottery. Additionally, USCIS issues an extra 20,000 visas for employees with a U.S. master's degree. The spouses and children of H-1B workers can also come to the U.S. if they apply for H-4 status.

Employers wanting to file for an H-1B visa can start from April 1 each year, whereas USCIS starts putting the names in the lottery pool by October 1. The lottery itself happens during early April, which is why the month of March is considered the H-1B cap season.

Employers hoping for an H-1B visa should act quickly

Employers in California and around the country often turn to the H-1B visa program when they need workers who possess specialized skills and Americans with the required qualifications cannot be found. Each year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues 65,000 H-1B visas to individuals possessing a bachelor's degree or higher and specialized knowledge or skills and a further 20,000 visas to individuals who have graduated from a U.S. university with an advanced degree. However, the agency generally stops accepting petitions just days after the H-1B filing season begins.

The H-1B filing season for 2020 begins on April 1, and employers who hope to secure one of the coveted visas would be wise to make sure that their paperwork is submitted promptly. In 2018, USCIS ended the filing season on April 6 after receiving in excess of 94,000 petitions for the available 85,000 visas.

GHSA reports on lack of headway in speeding reduction

There has been a lack of progress in efforts to reduce speeding, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The GHSA released a report in mid-January 2019 entitled, "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge," and it recommends various ways to address speeding that can apply to the situation in California, as elsewhere.

Speeding contributes to nearly one third of automobile-related fatalities, yet many drivers consider it culturally acceptable. The report claims that better education and stricter enforcement of state and federal speeding policies can help create a more safety-minded culture. The GHSA itself will try to create a speeding reduction program with a wide range of stakeholders. The GHSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety will hold a forum with them.

Immigration policies: 2019 and its impact on immigration

Immigration has been a hot topic over the course of the Trump presidency. Immigrants have often been demonized, talked about as if they're always dangerous or bad for America. The reality could not be further from the truth, but despite that, the political climate is raging when it comes to immigration policies.

On one hand, the Trump administration is looking to limit immigration, reduce the chances for people to cross into America illegally and to limit opportunities of H-1B holders and their employers. In all cases, the idea is that immigration is a threat to the American people who need work, providing jobs to those who aren't from the United States.

Trump tweets raise concern among immigrants

Many people in California involved with the immigration system may worry every time a new tweet from President Donald Trump appears on his Twitter account. The president has announced significant policy plans regarding changes to immigration law through this decidedly unofficial channel, so the coming repercussions might be serious. On Jan. 11, 2019, another Trump tweet came as a surprise, as he announced that "changes are coming soon" for people with H-1B professional work visas. Since Trump took office, many visa holders have experienced issues, including limited approval times and lengthy delays.

The tweet said that the unspecified changes would enhance "simplicity and certainty," providing a path to citizenship. However, H-1B visa holders are already eligible to seek to adjust their status to obtain a green card and, later, citizenship. No regulations have been put forward by the Department of Homeland Security that would indicate a change to existing law. Some experts say that Trump may be referring to other changes that would not affect eligibility for citizenship. For example, there are proposed changes that would affect the order of the H-1B visa lottery. Others noted that the business community is deeply concerned about delays and other restrictions on H-1B visas. Thus, they said Trump may simply be looking to shore up his popularity among corporate supporters frustrated with immigration policy.

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