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What are the Differences Between Being a Permanent Resident and a Citizen?

August 22, 2017

by: Justin Burton

Two important concepts in immigration law are the concepts of lawful permanent residency and citizenship. Citizenship is the end goal for many people who enter the United States. This is not an instant process. In order to eventually become a citizen, an individual must apply to begin the naturalization process and meet all eligibility requirements. There are a number of differences between a lawful permanent resident and a citizen of the United States. An immigration lawyer can discuss these differences in detail with you and walk you through the steps of the naturalization process, from initially obtaining your green card...

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I Think I Faced Discrimination at Work Because of my National Origin. What Can I Do?

August 8, 2017

by: Justin Burton

If you were passed over for a promotion, terminated or laid off, not hired in favor of another candidate, or suffered harassment in your workplace, you could be a victim of national origin discrimination. This is the unfair treatment of an individual based on his or her actual or perceived place of birth. As a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, you have the right to seek and maintain fulfilling work. There are a few positions that are only available to citizens, such as federal government positions. These rights are protected by the Immigration Reform and Control...

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What is a Crime of Moral Turpitude?

July 25, 2017

by: Justin Burton

A crime of moral turpitude is not a specific charge. Rather, it is a category of offenses that are characterized by their basis in immoral intent. Crimes of moral turpitude can be misdemeanor or felony-level offenses. For a US citizen, conviction of this type of offense can result in fines and jail time. For a lawful permanent resident or an individual in the country on a visa, it can result in removal from the United States. If you are a non-citizen facing a criminal charge, it is important that you work with a lawyer who not only understands the criminal...

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Reasons Why ICE Might Investigate your Marriage for Fraud

July 11, 2017

by: Justin Burton

Individuals who are married to American citizens can begin the naturalization process sooner than individuals who are not. Because of this, the prospect of marrying an American citizen in order to begin and complete this process can be very attractive to individuals seeking US citizenship. But doing so is also an illegal act known as marriage fraud. Sometimes, facts about a marriage can raise “red flags” with the United States Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that leads to an investigation of alleged marriage fraud. If your marriage is under investigation, work with an experienced immigration lawyer...

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State Department Advises on “Extreme Vetting” of Immigrants

May 30, 2017

by: Justin Burton

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new executive order regarding the travel restrictions of certain immigrants to the United States from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia and ordered “extreme vetting” for other visa applicants. On March 15, the State Department issued a memorandum from Secretary Rex Tillerson titled “Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Visa Applications” that elaborated on what should be considered and enforced when it comes to extreme vetting. First, the memo stated that consular chiefs should decide which immigrants should be subjected to the extreme vetting process. Next, the memo ordered the...

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