If you’ve followed the news at all in the last year, then you know that immigration has become a hot topic among lawmakers. This means that the legal landscape of immigration and naturalization laws are in a constant state of flux. As a result, many individuals who are dealing with immigration issues find themselves confused about how best to approach their unique situation. More changes may be on the horizon, too.

For example, the federal government is looking to curtail what is sometimes referred to as “birth tourism,” whereby pregnant women travel to the U.S. for the purpose of giving birth and securing citizenship status for their children, by imposing restrictions of visas that are given to these women. Some of the proposed regulations would require pregnant women who are seeking a tourist visa to demonstrate some other reason to be in the U.S. other than to give birth.

Of course, enforcement of such regulations may be challenging. Those who approve visas may not be aware of whether a woman is pregnant, and erroneous decisions may be made simply based on a woman’s appearance. Also, there may be a lot of subjectivity involved in determining what constitutes some other “legitimate reason” for a woman’s visit to the U.S.  Those seeking these types of visas need to be prepared with a position that hurtles the obstacles the federal government has put in their way.

Navigating immigration laws can be extraordinarily challenging. This is why it is often a good idea to discuss these matters with a legal professional who has a deep understanding of the current state of the law and can anticipate how changes to federal law and policy may affect a given case. By working closely with one of these advocates, those who are confronting immigration and naturalization matters head on may be able to achieve the outcome they desire.