U.S. Citizen / Naturalization
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Starting December 23, 2016, applicants must use only the 12/23/16 edition of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. USCIS will reject earlier versions of the form after that date. Applications postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must also include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.Read more . . .
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Most Americans take it for granted that marriage to a U.S. citizen and other family relationships entitle an immigrant to permanent residence (a green card), but there are barriers that often prevent or delay these family members from becoming lawful permanent residents, even if they are already in the United States. Among these barriers are the “three- and ten-year bars,” provisions of the law which prohibit applicants from returning to the United States if they depart after having previously been in the country illegally.Read more . . .
Monday, November 17, 2014
USCIS recently issued a new policy (PA-2014-009) clarifying the definition of "mother" and "parent" under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to include gestational mothers using assisted reproductive technology regardless of whether they are the genetic mothers. USCIS and the Department of State (DOS), who exercise authority over these issues, collaborated in the development of this policy.Read more . . .
Thursday, February 6, 2014
As part of an initiative to improve existing Forms, the USCIS responded favorably to suggestions received from the general public. The result is a recent revision of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. The revised Form N-400 provides USCIS with additional tools to make important eligibility determinations, present customers with clearer instructions, and incorporate technology that improves efficiency and accuracy for both USCIS and its customers.Read more . . .
Thursday, January 9, 2014
Several years ago, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of revised Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions, for those seeking an exception from the English and civics requirements for naturalization because of disabilities. Immigration law requires that individuals applying for Naturalization/Citizenship must exhibit proficiency of U.S. civics and the English language. Individuals, who have disabilities or impairments, may seek exceptions from either or both of these requirements. Applicants, who ask for such an exception, must file Form N-648.Read more . . .
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The "Green Card" is the permanent resident card that is issued to a foreign national who has immigrated permanently to the United States. As many foreign nationals think, immigrating to America and getting a Green Card to remain permanently in the country is not an easy task. The United States welcomes foreign nationals but at the same time it focuses on lawful immigration. And so, it issues Green Cards to foreign nationals as a proof of their legal immigration status in the United States.Read more . . .
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
International Students to Be Subject to Increased Scrutiny Upon Return to the U.S.
According to an internal memorandum from a senior official at Customs and Border Protection (CBP), all F-1 visa holders seeking admission to the United States will now have the validity of their student status checked by a border agent prior to being admitted into the country.Read more . . .
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Naturalization is the process through which a Lawful Permanent Resident or Green Card holder becomes a U.S. Citizen. If an individual has been a green card holder for a period of five (5) years and meets other appropriate criteria he/she can apply for Citizenship in the U.S. If a green card holder remains married to a U.S. Citizen (who has filed for the green card) then they do not have to wait five (5) years but they can file for Citizenship 90 days prior to the third anniversary of being a green card holder.Read more . . .
Monday, February 6, 2012
On Jan. 6, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice of intent
in the Federal Register outlining its plan to reduce the time that U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses and children under certain circumstances while those family members go through the process of becoming legal immigrants to the United States. Currently, spouses and sons and daughters of U.S. citizens who have accrued a certain period of unlawful presence in the United States, and have to leave the country as part of the legal immigration process, are barred from returning to their families for as long as 3 or 10 years. They can receive a waiver to allow them to return to their families by showing that their U.S. citizen family member would face extreme hardship as a result of the separation. This proposal would streamline the processing of these individuals' waiver applications based on unlawful presence; USCIS proposes to process their waiver applications in the United States before any American family faces separation. The process would only apply to immigrants who are eligible for a visa.Read more . . .
Monday, February 6, 2012
This is a second and concluding part of the article on changes in the processing of waiver applications under which an applicant who has incurred unlawful presence in the US and subject to 3/10 years bar and wished to travel abroad to apply for Immigrant Visa, would be able to apply for wavier application before departing from US.Read more . . .
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Congressman Howard Berman (for himself, Mr. Lincoln Diaz-Balart of Florida, Ms. Roybal-Allard, and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the "American Dream Act" (Bill H.R.1275) on March 1, 2007 in the House of Representatives to amend the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 to permit States to determine State residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain aliens students who are who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes. A companion measure was also introduced in the Senate by Senator Durbin (for himself, Mr. Hagel, and Mr. Lugar).Read more . . .
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