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u.s. permanent residency & citizenship Archives

Fingerprinting is part of the citizenship process

Many people on their immigration journeys in California and across the country are easily overwhelmed by the many steps of the process. They may even come across certain requirements that they were not expecting. However, they know that these steps are important as they work toward obtaining citizenship.

Citizenship could be at risk for those under USCIS review

With the current state of immigration affairs, many individuals living in California and elsewhere in the country are in fear for their residency. Separations of families, detention, deportation and more have many people feeling on edge. Even parties who have obtained citizenship may not feel safe within these borders.

Citizenship test involves multiple parts

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a major step in any immigrant's life. People in California and across the country may work toward this goal for years in hopes of obtaining the citizenship they desire. Of course, this journey has its difficulties, and one part of the process that individuals must go through is the naturalization test.

Thousands gain citizenship on Independence Day

Many people feel a great deal of pride for the country they call home. For individuals who have come to California and other parts of the United States from different countries, they may want to show their pride and dedication by obtaining citizenship. Though no easy task, the end result can be rewarding.

Specific categories could impact journey to permanent residency

Though many people enter the country on visas, if they want to legally remain, many steps need taking. In particular, people from other countries often want to obtain permanent residency in the United States by gaining a green card. There are several eligibility categories through which individuals in California and across the country could apply for a green card.

Backlog of citizenship applications increases, keeps many waiting

Finding one's place in the world can be a difficult and life-long journey. When it comes to finding a place to live, it can be just as difficult. Immigration issues can easily complicate certain situations, and some individuals in California may feel that obtaining permanent residency is a great achievement. While this milestone should be viewed as such, it does not offer the same protections and benefits as citizenship.

Marrying a U.S. citizen does not automatically grant citizenship

When a person finds the love of his or her life, that individual is not always from the same country. As a result, there may be many hoops to jump through in order to legally marry, if that is the path the couple wishes to take. Some people may think that marrying a United States citizen automatically gives one citizenship status. However, that is not the case.

Census question regarding citizenship draws lawsuits

Many individuals who are considered undocumented immigrants or even those who have entered the country legally but could still face deportation feel fearful that the government could use any action to force them to leave the country. As a result, many people in California may do their best to remain below the radar in hopes of simply living their lives. However, when questions regarding citizenship could end up in unexpected places, parties may begin to worry even more.

Lawsuit filed in relation to TPS and permanent residency

Wanting to obtain a green card to become a permanent resident in the United States is a goal for many immigrants. Unfortunately, the path to permanent residency can be long and difficult, and as a result, many people may feel held back from certain opportunities. When additional complications arise on this path, some parties may not know what to do.

Could a reliance on public benefits affect permanent residency?

Coming to a new country may have been a stepping stone for many individuals looking to better their lives and the lives of their families. Of course, simply entering the country does not necessarily mean that success will be immediately found. As a result, many immigrants may need assistance from government benefits programs. While this may not have been an issue in the past, this need could potentially impact individuals working toward permanent residency.

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