Naturalization and Delinquent Taxes

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 Naturalization and Delinquent Taxes In order to qualify for naturalization, an applicant must have paid taxes and filed taxes as required by law during the entire time he or she resided in the United States. For someone who fails to file and has no valid excuse, this can prevent naturalization. For another person who has delinquent taxes and is in the process of a current payment plan, he or she may end up being approved. Naturalization is a very discretionary process, so the presentation of the documentation and the client’s presentation of...

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Immigration and Crimes – Trump pushes ICE harder to Arrest

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 Immigration and Crimes – Trump pushes ICE harder to Arrest Trump’s strict stance on immigration is pushing local police agencies to arrest foreign nationals for the slightest of offenses, including certain traffic offenses. If you are arrested and convicted of a crime and receive probation/community service as your penalty, you are not safe. Rather, at the end of your community service/probation, ICE will likely now come and meet with you and determine whether you are removable and possibly arrest you. In other scenarios where you are...

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Removal of Conditions Process Gets More Difficult for Couples

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 Removal of Conditions Process Gets More Difficult for Couples The Trump Administration has put new rules in place related to Removal of Conditions for Lawful Permanent Residents who obtained their greencard based upon a marriage of two (2) years of less. In the past, where a couple stayed together, had sufficient documentation of the legitimacy of their relationship, the interview was often waived and their 10-year greencards were mailed out upon approval. Now, it appears that all applications albeit from solid marriages with multiple...

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Employment Cards and Issuance of Social Security Cards

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 Employment Cards and Issuance of Social Security Cards The immigration and social security offices now permit applicants to obtain both an Employment Card and their Social Security Number at the same time. This is great news, as in the past, applicants had to wait for the Employment Card then present themselves in person to apply for a social security number. Following their appointment they had to patiently wait until the official social security number was issued. This took considerable amounts of time. The new streamlined process will be...

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Backlogs on Pending Immigration Cases

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 Backlogs on Pending Immigration Cases USCIS is experiencing a  backlog in interview scheduling,  production of work authorization, Naturalization cases and replacement green cards. Moreover, consular processing has also become much slower than usual.  The backlog and delay is likely attributed to Trump administration and the increase of cases currently being processed by DHS and its departments.  This office recommends filing cases as soon as practical to avoid further delays, as in the early 2000 era when cases were extremely slow...

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Immigration Update:  Application Fees Increase on December 23, 2016

Posted by on 3:51 pm in Immigration Law, Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Immigration Update:  Application Fees Increase on December 23, 2016   On December 23, 2016, fees for immigration applications will become more expensive.  The fee increase averages about 20% depending upon the type of application being filed.  This increase is the first since November 23, 2010.  The new rule will affect any applications or petitions filed on or after November 23, 2016.  Below is a sample of some of the common forms and the increased fees which will be due. Sample of Fee Increases Application Type Current Fee New...

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Naturalization Applications on the Rise

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Naturalization Applications on the Rise   The increase in the number of legal permanent residents applying for U.S. citizenship in 2016 is at its highest level in four years.  This is a common trend during election years when more applicants apply so they can vote in the upcoming election.  Some analysts predict that the increase is related to the highly heated presidential election and fears of adverse immigration consequences for lawful permanent residents. Now that the election has passed, interestingly, there are still increased...

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Removal of Condition on Marriage-Based Residency

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Removal of Condition on Marriage-Based Residency   If you were granted permanent residence status based on your marriage to a United States citizen or permanent resident, then you are likely aware that your residence status is conditional and is valid for two (2) years.  This condition is based on the fact that your marriage was entered into on a good faith basis.  This condition on your status is so that you are not trying to enter the United States to evade other U.S. immigration laws. Applicants must file an I-751 petition to USCIS in...

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Abandonment and Loss of LPR Status

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Abandonment and Loss of LPR Status   Simply because you were granted Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) status does not mean that you are permanently a resident of the United States.  There are several ways for a person to lose their LPR status.  Abandoning your LPR status is one way for a person to become subject to deportation and placed in removal proceedings. There are two situations where abandonment of LPR status generally arises: (1) when applying for naturalization or (2) when reentering the U.S. after a long trip abroad.  When...

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Naturalization and False Claims to Citizenship

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    Naturalization and False Claims to Citizenship   Claiming to be a United States Citizen can turn into a devastating situation should a foreign national do so in order to obtain a state or federal benefit.  A noncitizen can quickly be put into removal proceedings for falsely claiming to be a US Citizen.  The most common situations where this occurs are: Registering to vote Selecting “US Citizen” on an I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form Claiming to be US Citizen on student loan application Attempting to obtain US...

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