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The possibility of losing U.S. citizenship over a lie

What a foreign national desiring to become a citizen of the U.S. includes in their citizenship application and does during the naturalization process can have many major impacts. It could impact how quickly the process ends up going. It could also influence how likely the person is to achieve their goal of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Challenges immigrant military families face

Many people immigrate to the United States to escape the challenges of life back home, but for you, they had just begun. For the better part of three months, you faced the tests of military boot camp to earn your citizenship or green card. At the end of your training, you stood on a parade ground at the position of attention, raised your right hand and swore to uphold the principles of a country that you had just begun to know.

Individuals with disabilities and naturalization

For anyone seeking to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, the naturalization process can be complex. However, what particular issues a naturalization case involves can vary. There are many things that could have impacts on what the process involves for a person. This includes whether or not they have a disability.

New fees, forms for many U.S. immigration petitions

There are many different requirements connected to making a petition for things like a visa, green card or citizenship here in America. This includes qualification requirements related to the specific type of immigration-related request one is making. It also includes things like paperwork requirements and fees.

Special voter registration rules for those naturalized after the deadline

Backlogs have been a fairly common thing in recent times when it comes to applications for U.S. citizenship. We covered this trend in a previous post. Among the things such backlogs could have caused for an immigrant is for them to have not been able to be officially naturalized prior to the voter registration deadline in the state they live in passing.

Foreign-born adoptees eligible for automatic citizenship

Many parents in California have adopted children that were born in foreign countries. Under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, foreign-born adopted children become U.S. citizens as soon as they enter the U.S. with their adoptive parents. Adoptive parents do not need to apply for citizenship on behalf of their foreign-born adopted children, though they may wish to request a citizenship certificate.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear gender-based citizenship case

Some California residents may be aware the U.S. Supreme Court announced on June 28 that it will consider whether U.S. immigration laws unfairly favor unwed American mothers over unwed American fathers, which would be a violation of the equal protection provision of the U.S. Constitution. The justices will hear the case next session and will hand down a decision by June 2017.

The "good moral character" requirement and citizenship

People in California who are applying for U.S. citizenship may know that one of the requirements is that the person be "of good moral character" and wonder what that means in a practical sense. First, it is only necessary to prove that this has been the case for the last five years. People who are applying as the spouse of a U.S. citizen only need to prove good moral character for the past three years.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber