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Basic Immigration Information (1)+

  • Basic Immigration Law

    This document contains basic information about immigration law in the United States, answering the following questions: Where do U.S. immigration laws come from? What agencies administer U.S. immigration laws? Who gets U.S. citizenship? What are the immigration rules that allow non-citizens allowed to be in the U.S.? What are the ways that a non-citizen can immigrate to the U.S.? How can you change your legal status under U.S. immigration law? How do non-citizens lose their immigration status? How do you become a U.S. Citizen? Once you become a naturalized U.S. citizen, can you lose that status? What public benefits are available to immigrants? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

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    Carl Vinson Institute
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Worker's Rights (1)+

  • Farmworkers' Rights

    Farmworkers rights manual for non-H2A farwmorkers (i.e. US Citizens and legal permanent residents, and others who are not temporary imported workers). Read More

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    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español

Know Your Rights Articles (5)+

  • Basic Immigration Law

    This document contains basic information about immigration law in the United States, answering the following questions: Where do U.S. immigration laws come from? What agencies administer U.S. immigration laws? Who gets U.S. citizenship? What are the immigration rules that allow non-citizens allowed to be in the U.S.? What are the ways that a non-citizen can immigrate to the U.S.? How can you change your legal status under U.S. immigration law? How do non-citizens lose their immigration status? How do you become a U.S. Citizen? Once you become a naturalized U.S. citizen, can you lose that status? What public benefits are available to immigrants? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute
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    Spanish / Español
  • Combat Modern-Day Slavery: Worker Trafficking

    The recently enacted Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 established important new tools and resources to combat trafficking and to provide vital assistance to its victims. An Internet link to the new legislation can be found at www.usdoj.gov/crt/crim/tpwetf.htm. The law creates new felony criminal offenses to address slavery and peonage; sex trafficking in children; and the unlawful confiscation of a victim's passport or other identification documents. It creates a new "forced labor" felony that will provide federal law enforcement with the ability to prosecute the sophisticated forms of nonphysical coercion that traffickers use today to exploit their victims. And it requires traffickers to pay full restitution to victims and to forfeit their assets if convicted. Read More

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    US Department of Justice
  • Farmworkers' Rights

    Farmworkers rights manual for non-H2A farwmorkers (i.e. US Citizens and legal permanent residents, and others who are not temporary imported workers). Read More

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Field Sanitation and Pesticide Safety

    Agriculture workers have rights to a safe work place, including protection against pesticides and access to toilets, safe drinking water, and hand washing facilities. This document describes the rights and worker protection standards for people who work in agriculture in the United States. Read More

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    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español
  • Rights under Your Farmworker Contract (H2-A Contracts)

    This document explains your rights under an H-2A contract (for farm labor). An H-2A contract promises you a free place to live while you work, workers' compensation benefits if you get hurt on the job, and at least an average of $7.28 for each hour you work over the course of a pay period. You have a right to receive a copy of your contract, insist that your boss respect all the conditions in your contract, and insist that all promises are kept. You also have additional worker safety and environment rights. Read More

    By:
    Georgia Legal Services Program®
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    Spanish / Español