It is an unfortunate fact that immigrants are often targeted by individuals who claim to be qualified to give legal guidance and services. These criminals can offer to help with immigration, employment visas or other legal matters.
Everyone understands that differing views on immigration policy between the president and the Democratic Congressmen and Congresswomen are at the heart of the partial shutdown. Now the government is reopening after more than a month, which will add a tremendous backlog of business to attend to by furloughed government workers. This includes judges who handle immigration hearings.
Becoming a naturalized citizen is one of the most important days in the lives of all who go through the process. Many will feel a great sense of relief, feeling that the days of uncertainty are behind them. However, others shift their concern to losing citizenship they worked so hard to get.
The incoming majority leader for the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi covered many topics during her acceptance speech on the night of the mid-term elections. The overall theme is that President Trump will have new checks and balances since the Republican Party will no longer control both legislative branches of government, which are the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
The famed Pew Research Center polled 2,002 adults who lean either Republican or Democrat last June. It found that top issue in the minds of voters going into this midterm election. With 20 percent of voters wanting to hear about candidate’s policies regarding immigration, this number is higher than such topics as the economy or health care.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently filed a complaint against American Immigration Center and its owner. The company, also known as Forms Direct, Inc., is accused of falsely claiming that the company is affiliated with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The company used this false affiliation to market itself online to customers, many of whom were looking for government web sites to apply for naturalization or renew a green card. The FTC $2.2 million in damages to compensate misled consumers. The suit was settled in October of 2018.
The current administration continues to crack down on illegal aliens living in the U.S. as well as make it more difficult for those trying to enter the country legally or illegally. Now there is news reports that U.S. citizens living on the border between Texas and Mexico have been denied passports by the State Department, which claims that it does not believe the applicants are citizens. In certain cases, those passport applicants with valid U.S. birth certificates are going to jail.
The Trump administration has tightened citizenship requirements across many different fields. However, there are still some areas where it is possible to receive expedited citizenship. One of these is the U.S. Armed Forces.
For decades, the mission statement of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services referred to the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants.” This was a reference to the country’s long history as a destination for immigrants from all over the world who wanted a chance at a better life.
Among the desires green card holders here in the U.S. may have is a desire to one day become an American citizen. What routes and options a given permanent resident would have regarding pursuing U.S. citizenship can depend on their circumstances. Immigration lawyers can advise green card holders on what their particular situation would mean for the goals they have. This includes any goals related to U.S. citizenship. They can also assist green card holders with navigating naturalization issues specific to their situation.