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U.S. Citizenship Process Delayed for Many

February 20, 2018

by: Justin Burton

The process for U.S. citizenship is not meant to be easy. Applicants must meet certain requirements and then wait for their application to be approved. This can take many months, sometimes close to a year. Currently, U.S. citizenship applications are taking an average of eight months to approve. That’s as much as four times as long as it took just last year, in 2016. Immigrants are having to wait much longer than they did in the past, and this is frustrating to many. While waiting for their applications to be approved, these immigrants are missing out on many freedoms that...

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What Will Happen to the DREAMers?

February 6, 2018

by: Justin Burton

In 2012, President Barack Obama enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program offers young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States with their parents protection from deportation. Under DACA, these children were given opportunities just like American children. They were allowed to go to school and further their education so they could work. President Donald Trump did away with this program in September, leaving hundreds of thousands of immigrants anxious about their future. In fact, ending DACA has affected 689,000 immigrants between the ages of 15 and 36. But not all hope is gone yet....

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Green Card Lottery Might Be Ending Soon

January 23, 2018

by: Justin Burton

President Donald Trump has been pushing for immigration reform since he came into office in January, so this latest news isn’t that surprising to most: he wants to end the green card lottery. Every year for the past 22 years, 14 million people have applied for green cards through the Diversity Visa Lottery. Approximately 1 million people with no ties to the United States have been granted the American dream. As green card holders, they are granted permanent residency here in the U.S. Trump wants to end this annual event, though, after finding out that the Uzbek immigrant who orchestrated...

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What You Need to Know About Marriage-Based Green Cards and Divorce

December 31, 2017

by: Justin Burton

If you are a foreign national who is getting married to an American citizen, you may be eligible to obtain a green card. However, for the first two years of your marriage, this green card will only confer conditional resident status. Indeed, near the end of the two-year conditional period, you, as a green card holder, are required to file an I-751 petition to have the conditions on your green card removed. As a general rule, your American citizen spouse must jointly file the I-751 petition with you. However, unfortunately, it is a reality that not all marriage makes it...

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Can a Criminal Record Prevent You From Becoming a United States Citizen?

December 12, 2017

by: Justin Burton

Are you a green card holder who is ready to apply for United States Citizenship? If so, you need to fill out and submit application form N-400 (the official application for U.S. naturalization) and eventually go before immigration officers for a naturalization interview. United States immigration officials will take a very close look at your history and general character, including any history of arrests or criminal convictions. Under United States immigration law, you are legally obligated to answer a wide array of questions regarding your criminal history on form N-400. Indeed, you will be required to disclose any arrests or...

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