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How an undocumented person could obtain legal status

Located near the border to Mexico, Arizona is one of several states where undocumented immigrants may choose to live. Although an undocumented person residing anywhere in the United States may face deportation, there is also a chance that they could get permanent resident status. Anyone who has been in the country for 10 consecutive years or longer may qualify for Cancellation of Removal if certain requirements are met.

For instance, the spouse or child of an American citizen may be granted such status. It might also be possible for skilled workers to get a green card. However, this may only be true if an employer can show that there wasn't a qualified American worker to handle the job. Individuals who seek asylum or were victims of human trafficking might be allowed to stay on humanitarian grounds. If a person is seeking asylum, the request must be made during the person's first year in the country.

Others who have been abused and helped authorities with their cases may also be entitled to stay in the country. It is important to note that there are only 10,000 visas available to anyone who was the victim of human trafficking. There are only 5,000 visas available to victims of mental or physical abuse at the hands of a criminal.

Individuals who are seeking legal status in the United States may have several options at their disposal. For some, it may be a good idea to consult with an immigration attorney to learn more about qualifying for a green card. If a person is not sure if they are able to live or work in the United States legally, an attorney could verify their current status.

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