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Immigration and naturalization: When legal obstacles arise

The process through which a foreign national in New Jersey seeks permanent residency can be complicated and stressful in certain circumstances. For instance, the immigration and naturalization process necessitates having documentation showing that the immigrant in question meets all eligibility requirements. If such paperwork is not in good order, legal obstacles can arise.

A man in another state had been living in the United States for approximately 18 years. He is the father of three children. He sought sanctuary in a Lutheran church because he was worried about being at risk for deportation. In fact, he lived at the church for more than a year before recently deciding to approach immigration officials to request a stay against his removal.

News crews, immigrant advocates, and friends and family members gathered nearby as the man exited the church and hugged his loved ones. He then approached the nearest Immigration and Customs Enforcement office where ICE officers quickly took him into custody. Officials later said he is being held in detention and will remain there until he is granted a hearing.

An attorney acting on the man's behalf is seeking his release on bond so that he can rejoin his family while he awaits the hearing. Such situations are typically highly stressful for families, especially those with young children who fear that they may never see their parent again if immigration officials deport him or her. In the past year, there have been many incidents of family members being separated from one another due to immigration detention issues.

The immigration and naturalization process is unique to each individual's circumstances. In situations where lack of paperwork is an issue, it is helpful to know where to seek support. In New Jersey, an experienced U.S. immigration law attorney can provide guidance and strong support to those experiencing these types of problems in this state.

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