Why bother becoming a citizen? Or, what’s in it for me? (Part 1 of 2)

Predictably in a Presidential election year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is being flooded with applications by Lawful Permanent Residents (“LPRs” – commonly known as “Green Card” holders) to naturalize so they

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What’s status got to do with anything?

It is incumbent on all nonimmigrants to “maintain continuously a lawful status.” There are negative consequences to failure to do so. Just for example, with rare exceptions (such as discretion for late filing due to circumstances beyond the person

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It’s All Relative: Pitfalls of PERM Labor Certifications for Family

It can be difficult for a U.S. Citizen or a Lawful Permanent Resident (“LPR” – commonly known as a “Green Card” Holder) to help a relative immigrate to the United States.   In the first place, so-called “family-based” immigrati

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“Equitable Tolling” saves Immigrant Worker Petition

Our office last year helped a colleague save an I-140 Immigrant Worker Petition that was rejected by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration  Services (“USCIS”) because it had been received too late.   Background:  In most cases, people w

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Why bother becoming a citizen? Or, what’s in it for me? (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this blog post, we explored 5 reasons why a Green Card holder should seriously consider becoming a U.S. Citizen, in addition to the right to vote in elections (and despite the necessity of having to perform jury duty, which is not required

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Should your U.S. Citizen child get “certified”? Or, why spend the money for a Certificate of Citizenship?

As many people know, a child who is in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident (“LPR,” or colloquially “Green Card”), can automatically become a U.S. Citizen, without any further application or action, under the Child Citizenship Act (codif

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Should your U.S. Citizen child get “certified”? Or, why spend the money for a Certificate of Citizenship?

As many people know, a child who is in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident (“LPR,” or colloquially “Green Card”), can automatically become a U.S. Citizen, without any further application or action, under the Child Citizenship Act (codified

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