Many foreigners continue to believe that the US is the land of opportunity, where anyone can make it big. This has fueled their determination to immigrate into the US so that they too can make it big. Unfortunately, it is not at all easy to immigrate into the US, and even if you get there, there are still many challenges to face.

According to the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC website, the first step to immigrating to the US is to obtain a Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551), otherwise known as a “green card.” It is called that because it was green until 1964, and it proves that the holder is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) with the attendant benefits such as the right to live and work in the US. However, unless you are an executive transfer or a very special worker, it will not be easy to get a green card without the help of a competent immigration lawyer.

Once you succeed in getting a green card, you will still have to deal with discrimination in employment. As pointed out on the website of The Melton Law Firm, any kind of discrimination in the workplace should not be tolerated. Immigrants, however, are especially vulnerable to this because they may not be aware of their rights.

The US is made up of many 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants, but that does not make it easier for newcomers to fit in. In order to protect the rights of LPRs as well as temporary residents, refugees, and asylees, Congress has enacted the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to ensure their equal treatment in terms of recruitment, promotion, compensation, and termination. In other words, employers are prohibited from rejecting applicants because of their nation of origin.

If you are having immigration and employment problems, you should contact the appropriate lawyer to help you out. An immigration attorney can help you through the immigration process, while an employment lawyer would be appropriate if you feel discriminated as an immigrant worker.