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What are the steps to naturalization?

You are interested in becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States, but you feel overwhelmed by the complicated process of naturalization and the many legal hurdles along the way. However, you are determined to pursue naturalization so that you can become a naturalized American.

Becoming a naturalized citizen is not easy, but the reward is the numerous rights and protections offered by the U.S. government. In this post, we’ll take a look at the basic steps of naturalization.

Jeff Sessions discusses asylum requests

The vast majority of people in Washington, D.C., and in the world in general, would likely do whatever it takes to make life better for their children and other family members. For some people, this could mean completely uprooting their lives and facing the uncertainty of life in a new country. Unfortunately, those who choose to seek asylum in the United States could face disappointment.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently made comments to a new class of immigration judges in support of policies that make it more difficult for people to obtain asylum in the United States. He claimed that the process is not made for people simply trying to escape the hardships of life. He further stated that many of the policies put in place by President Obama actually entice asylum-seekers to enter this country. These remarks come amidst major pushback on the President's "zero tolerance" policy which has also left many migrant children separated from their parents. 

G-4 to Green Card: EB-2 Professionals with Advanced Degrees and National Interest Waivers (NIW)

Here in Washington, DC, we often meet potential clients who hold G-4 visas who, after years here in the U.S., are interested in transitioning to lawful permanent residence. One way we recommend obtaining their Green Cards is through a self-petition as an EB-2 Professional with an Advanced Degree and National Interest Waiver (NIW).

G-4 to Green Card: EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability

Here in Washington, DC, we often meet potential clients who hold G-4 visas who, after years here in the U.S., are interested in transitioning to lawful permanent residence. One way we recommend obtaining their Green Cards is through a self-petition as an EB-1 Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

Wait times up for U.S. citizenship

The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can have its challenging and frustrating aspects. For example, the process can sometimes take longer than one might have wanted. It appears that this frustration may be a particularly common one these days. Statistics point to wait times for naturalization being up significantly lately.

According to this data, since 2014, the average application processing time for U.S citizenship has nearly doubled. The past couple of years have seen a particularly big spike in this regard. The average wait time jumped from 5.6 months in 2016 to 8.1 months in 2017 and 10.2 months in 2018.

Understanding the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

blog3.jpgAs immigration remains a hot-button issue in the US, certain programs are coming under greater scrutiny by the current Administration. One such program is the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, often referred to as the Visa Lottery Program, which has become one of the main avenues through which immigrants from Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia obtain their Green Cards. But what exactly is this program and why is it such a hot-button issue?

DC Resources for Undocumented Individuals

blog4.jpgFor undocumented individuals who are not currently in the immigration system (i.e. no past deportations, current court cases, no past criminal record) and who do not have access to relief, this is a non-exhaustive list of available, non-legal resources. It includes such things as sexual assault and domestic violence assistance, food and emergency shelter resources, etc.

Green Cards and Birth Abroad

blog5.jpgFor various reasons, Green Card holders may choose to travel abroad to give birth. They may wish to be closer to family or they may prefer the healthcare in their home country. No matter the reason, following the birth of a child abroad, Green Card holders must take certain steps to ensure that their child can enter the US legally and obtain their own Green Card.

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