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How Newcomers Are Struggling With These Changes

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How Newcomers are Struggling

Newcomers are finding it difficult to navigate the new changes in immigration policy because these policies have drastically affected new comers trying to immigrate legally into the United States. Recently, the Trump administration has been issuing new policies and changes to immigration laws that have confused and frustrated immigrants looking to come to the United States legally, including refugees who already have been approved for resettlement and immigrants who already had been granted visas or green cards. These policy changes included putting a travel ban on citizens from several countries, changing how visas are issued, and taking away protections from children and families fleeing persecution in their home countries.

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Newcomers Don’t Know Their Rights

When an employee is laid off, they can receive a severance package, often including continued healthcare benefits for a period of time. In some cases, those benefits can be used to pay their COBRA premiums after they leave. The Affordable Care Act aims to extend COBRA coverage to new employees—but not all employers have caught on yet. So if you’re laid off and are having trouble paying your medical bills, call your HR department and make sure you know your rights . Your next employer might cover you after all—or at least help steer you in the right direction.

Newcomers Need the Help of Others to Find Their Ways

Finding a way to make connections can be tough, especially when you're in a city or state where you don't know anyone. Many newcomers find themselves living vicariously through old friends they follow on social media and friends of friends who've moved away. When that's not an option, it's time to look for help in person. The first place to start is your school or workplace—as long as you're sure your coworkers and professors will be open-minded and accepting of your situation. If neither of those sound viable, go online.

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Newcomers Face Unfair Competition

Life was a lot easier in 2015. Back then, if you wanted to start a tech company in Canada, you applied for something called an Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (ACCA). The ACCA program effectively gave startups 100% tax relief on computer equipment, which made starting up much more feasible than it is today. Fast forward to 2017 and you’ll see that things have changed dramatically. Nowadays, startups get only 50% of their computer equipment costs refunded—something many entrepreneurs say makes it virtually impossible to afford basic infrastructure. But worse than that, even profitable companies aren’t allowed to claim any depreciation for computers at all—something most executives say goes against everything government should be supporting: innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Newcomers have Trouble Finding Affordable Housing

In some cities, rents have increased by 50 percent since 2010, and even more staggering jumps in price have been recorded in smaller areas. That has made it nearly impossible for low-income newcomers to find an affordable place to live. These extremely high costs might make moving to a new city too expensive, especially if they don’t know anyone who can help them find an apartment or give them advice on how to handle specific situations like paying utilities or securing a job. The added cost of living often discourages newcomers from moving into a city. Newcomers also struggle to find jobs: While it is true that cities enjoy an influx of workers during boom times because businesses usually hire locally, during a bust those people lose their jobs and move away.

Newcomers Experience Problems at School

In California, Newcomer students who attend traditional public schools must take state-mandated high school exit exams. These standardized tests assess reading, writing and math skills learned in English, but new researchers from UC San Diego and other research institutions found most immigrants in California arrive speaking another language. So for many of them -- for example Hmong refugees who speak no English or Russian speakers raised speaking their native language at home -- passage rates on these exams have been abysmal. And if students don't pass, they can't graduate from high school and move on to college or a job. Researchers have also found that once refugee students begin taking more courses in their native languages, test scores go up dramatically.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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