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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 can vote. Voting is a precious privilege of citizenship – although one all too many citizens don’t even bother to exercise. It

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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’s control and an otherwise squeaky-clean record), a person cannot change his or her nonimmigrant status to another type

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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” immigration limits the types and “degrees” of relatives for whom a citizen or LPR can even apply:

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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 of or possible for Green Card holders).   Here

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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 at Sections 320 and 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”)). For a child to become

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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 at Sections 320 and 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”)). For a child to become

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