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.
There are many individuals who desire to someday be a U.S. citizen. They vary greatly in their circumstances. This includes in their age. Recently, here in California, a 103-year-old woman achieved her dream of becoming a U.S. citizen.
U.S. green card holders come from all different parts of the world. However, there are some countries that have a particularly high number of individuals who have come to live here in the United States. Among these is Mexico. There are more lawful immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico than there are from any other individual country. And some areas of the U.S. have a particularly high number of Mexican immigrants. This includes Southern California.
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.
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.
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.