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Reminders for handling an interaction with immigration officials

With the ever-changing climate of immigration law and policy in the United States, it can be worrisome for non-citizens to think about how to interact with law enforcement in regard to your immigration status. For non-citizens living in Nebraska, there are some important considerations to keep in mind if an immigration or other law enforcement officer approaches you.

While the state of immigration policy is still fluctuating in the current administration, you still hold legal and constitutional rights even as a non-citizen. It is understandable to worry about interacting with law enforcement, but implementing a proactive strategy can help lessen some of these concerns.

What is the length of the DUI look-back window in Nebraska?

There are many ways that drunk driving laws vary from state to state. This includes in what look-back window is in place.

What is the look-back window? This is the window of time that is looked at when determining how many past DUIs a person has for sentencing purposes.

Student visa requirements

People who live in Nebraska and know someone from another country who wants to come and study in the United States will want to ensure the visitors know abou the right type of visa they will want to apply for. As explained by the United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, there are actually two different classifications of student visas.

One student visa is an M visa and may be available to those persons wanting to participate in vocational training programs in the U.S. The other type of student visa is the F visa. This may be used by young elementary or high school foreign exchange students or college and university students. Persons wanting to attend religious training schools such as seminaries or to pursue special music education at a conservatory may also apply for an F visa.

Three charged with murder, fourth defendant sought

Situations in Nebraska in which a person ends up being shot and dying can often include a complex series of events and facts. Such appears to be the case in the death of a woman in Lincoln at the end of July that has now led to three men being arrested for and charged with her murder. Reports from 1011 Now indicate that a search is continuing for a fourth person believed to have been involved in the woman's death.

The home where the woman was found after having been shot is said to have been the location of a failed break-in the night before she died. Law enforcement officers are reported to have found a significant sum of cash, pot edible products and marijuana at the home. The presence of these items and the approximately $85,000 in cash may have precipitated the attempted break-in. Four persons are said to have tried to enter the home.

How can we tell our preschooler about divorce?

If you are the parent of a preschool-aged child in Nebraska and you and your spouse have decided to separate or get divorced, it is important for you to know how to communicate this change to your child. You will want to do this in a way that reassures your child and makes them feel safe and loved. The way to talk about divorce with a child who is three or four is very different than the way to talk with a child who is seven, eight or older.

As explained by Today's Parent, you should ensure that your conversations focus on your child's concrete reality. Discuss with them who will pick them up from school, who will read them a bedtime story and other related things. The more directly you can relate things to their world, the better they will understand what you are telling them. It can also be helpful at this time to maintain as much consistency in your child's schedule as possible.

Recent raid results in claims of mistreatment

People in Nebraska who are from other nations and in the United States legally or even illegally should always expect they will be treated fairly. Basic human rights should be granted to these people at all times and it is these lack of rights in their home countries that led many of them come to the U.S. in the first place. America is a land that touts the extension of fair treatment to all. 

It seems, however, that some immigrants in Nebraska have been experienced the distinct lack of fair treatment. As reported by the Omaha World-Herald, immigration raids were conducted across multiple cities in the state recently and now U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement finds itself facing allegations of the denial of many basic human rights to some of the immigrants involved in these raids.

How will a criminal conviction affect your job search?

To say that a felony conviction will change your life is putting it mildly. You may serve your time, pay your fine and fulfill your debt to society, but you will find that some circumstances will never let you forget that you have a conviction on your record, especially when it comes to finding meaningful employment.

When Nebraska voted to "ban the box," you may have thought troubles were over for those with felony convictions on their records. However, even though you no longer have to check the box to indicate you have a felony conviction, this doesn't mean your past is not going to affect your chances for the job.

Deceptive actions of unethical insurance companies

A motor vehicle accident changes everything. While you may be fortunate that your accident is a mere inconvenience while you drive to work in a rental and wait for repairs on your car, you may be among the many for whom a crash results in life-altering injuries. In either case, an important holdup in your ability to recover and move on with life is the ethical reaction of the insurer with whom you file a claim.

Since Nebraska is a fault state, there may be natural delays in your payout while investigators and adjusters evaluate the details of the accident. However, how long should you have to wait before you begin to suspect the insurer is not playing fair with you? It may help you to be aware of some common strategies insurers use to avoid paying what you deserve.

Divorcing when you share a business

It is not uncommon for couples in Nebraska to go into business together. Some people even meet through work and may then choose to start their own company as they pursue their personal relationship at the same time. Whether a business was created before or after a couple got married, when the marriage breaks down, it is decision time for the co-owners and soon-to-be former spouses.

As recommended by MarketWatch, these situations can be made simpler if the couple takes the right steps ahead of time. There are several tools that may help to outline provisions for a business in the event of a divorce. These things may also help in case one spouse dies or one person simply chooses not to co-own the business anymore and to pursue other professional endeavors. A prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement are two things couples could consider creating that would allow them to identify plans for a business if a marriage ends.

What are common paths to residency?

As someone from out of the country who aims to live in Nebraska, there are many options for you regarding how to get here. Monzón, Guerra & Associates, attorneys at law, will be able to help you examine which paths are most feasible for you, and which options will benefit you the most greatly.

There are numerous different paths to residency, each suiting a different situation, lifestyle, and needs. For example, you can apply for family-based immigration if you have a sibling, parent, child, or spouse who is already a resident in the U.S. Business-based immigration, on the other hand, is a more suitable path if you just intend to be in the country for business-related affairs, such as working for an international company.

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