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Fear may be new reason to seek US citizenship for some immigrants

Wanting to become a United States citizen is the goal of many individuals. However, obtaining citizenship is not an easy process, and many people may find themselves intimidated by just the idea of starting the process. Luckily, obtaining this status is not impossible, and with the right attitude and assistance, many parties living in California could achieve their goals.

In recent reports, it was stated that many more individuals are moving forward with applying for citizenship due to the fear of deportation. Though many parties have green cards and are considered permanent residents, the election of President Trump put their fears at the forefront as they knew changes to immigration laws were likely imminent. One woman who recently obtained citizenship stated that this fear was a catalyst for her going through the process as she could not bear the idea of potentially being separated from her children.

It was also reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services saw a 24 percent increase in naturalization applications in 2016 compared to that of 2015. Though over 970,000 applications were received last year, that number still increased in 2017 with over 980,000 applications being submitted. The reasons for seeking citizenship status may differ for each person, but the ability to vote, obtain a U.S. passport and sponsor family members are among common reasons.

Some individuals may feel comfortable with never pursuing citizenship in the United States. However, this journey is often a dream of many immigrants. If individuals living in California hope to one day soon make this dream a reality, they may wish to consider obtaining assistance from experienced attorneys.

Source: tampabay.com, "More immigrants applying for citizenship amid Trump fears, lawyers say", Laura C. Morel, Dec. 23, 2017

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