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Disability benefits for non-citizens

Many people come to the United States from other countries for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, they take up long-term or permanent residence in this country and begin to work jobs and support their families.

Just like anyone else, though, a California worker who is not an American citizen may experience an illness or injury that takes him out of the workforce permanently. Again like anyone else, he would then need to find another means of supporting himself and his family.

The importance of documentation for your disability claim

Facing a long-term illness or a lengthy recovery from an injury can be frustrating. Adding to the frustration can be your inability to work to support yourself and meet the expenses of your medical needs. If your doctor expects you will be dealing with this condition for at least a year and you are unable to work during that time, you may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Agents at the SSA spend a lot of time and resources dealing with fraudulent applications for benefits. For this reason, the process of applying for disability benefits is complex, and the odds of obtaining approval are against you. If you plan to seek disability benefits, you will want to have every advantage, and that includes thorough documentation of your condition and treatment.

Overview of premises liability

As is the case with residents of other states, California property owners, that is, both private residents and business owners, have an obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for others.

By way of a caveat, the laws in this state covering premises liability are unique to California and can be complicated and nuanced. If someone in the Modesto area or in the surrounding communities has suffered an injury on the property of another person, he should strongly consider speaking to a personal injury attorney who can help him evaluate his options.

Permanent residents can help some family members come to the U.S.

If you have family members who want to immigrate to the United States, there are different paths available for them to reach this goal. One path involves obtaining a family-based green card.

If you are a permanent resident, also called a green card holder, you can help certain relatives obtain their own green cards. Depending on a relative’s situation, this could be the fastest way for someone to become a permanent resident of the Unites States.

From where are immigrants coming?

For those who pay attention to immigration issues, it may be interesting to know from what countries of origin immigrants to the United States are coming.

This demographic has changed considerably over time. For instance, in 1900, the vast majority of immigrants came from somewhere in Europe. While many of these immigrants were Irish, German, and Italian, most were from elsewhere in Europe. During this time, relatively few immigrants came from Asia or from Mexico and other parts of the Americas.

Custody and visitation issues in domestic violence cases

In an ideal world, parents in Modesto, California, and the surrounding area are able to get along and work together on child custody and parenting time, even if they are no longer themselves living together under the same roof.

However, for many residents of this state, this expectation is both impractical and downright dangerous given their relationship is very unhealthy. Unfortunately, the reason many Modesto residents end their relationships is because of domestic violence or other abuse.

Social Security benefits are available for disabled veterans

It is always sad when a California resident who at one point served her country in one of the branches of the armed services winds up unable to work and in financial hardship as a result.

This tragedy often happens because of some sort of injury or illness the veteran suffered because of his service in the military. Fortunately, in these circumstances, a disabled veteran may be able to avail himself of Social Security Disability benefits.

K-1 (fiancé) visas are difficult to obtain

The K-1 visa into the United States, also known as the "fiancé visa," came under scrutiny in 2015 when it was revealed one of the two shooters in an attack in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 had entered the U.S. using the visa.

Tashfeen Malik, a native of Pakistan, was granted the visa in 2014 to marry Syed Rizwan Farook, a U.S. citizen. They settled in California, had a baby and in December 2015, conducted a shooting rampage that ended with their deaths.

Two seriously injured in drunk driving crash near Modesto

A recent daytime crash near Modesto sent 8 people, including two young children, to area hospitals with injuries. Police who responded to the accident described the injuries of two of the victims as quite serious.

The accident happened at an intersection. One driver was heading west when another driver, heading north, ran through a stop sign. In the aftermath of the accident, one vehicle wound up upside down while the other vehicle left the road and went in to a metal fence.

Are you eligible for a U-Visa?

As an immigrant in the United States, you might have mixed emotions about reporting any challenges you face. And if you suffer due to someone’s harmful acts, you could feel as though there is nothing you can do.

However, that is not necessarily the case. In some circumstances, you might be eligible for a U-Visa. Depending on the specifics of your situation, this would provide you the ability to live in the U.S. for four years and earn an income. But do you know what would make you eligible?

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