San Francisco is a sanctuary city which typically means that the city employees do not cooperate with ICE or question a person immigration status. Due to recent sweeps, many have hidden out or have had to deal with additional stress in both the workplace and school. All three colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District have been declared a “safe haven,” by The Board of Trustees.
If the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act (RAISE Act) goes into effect, the current employment visas would then be merit based. It would be a points system in which applicants must first be able to obtain at least 30 points in order to be considered for the employment visa.
If the RAISE Act is implemented, current immigration procedures and programs will be altered to fit the new standards. Procedures such as family sponsorship for green cards would be limited to only immediate unmarried children under the age of 21, and the sponsor’s spouse.
The RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act is a Republican proposed Senate bill that aims at limiting legal immigration to the United States. This bill would reduce legal immigration to the U.S. by half within the next 10 years if approved by both houses and signed by the president.
It is important to understand the definition of "overstay" in the immigration context. Overstay may lead you to be illegal in the U.S. and can negatively affect your U.S. immigration process in the future. Overstay applies when you are admitted to the U.S. within a period of time that is stated on your I-94*** and you stayed over that period. Overstay is the most common reason that leads to become “out-of-status.”