Naturalization and Failure to Pay Child Support

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  Naturalization and Failure to Pay Child Support   In order to become naturalized as a United States Citizen, a permanent resident must meet the specified requirements.  One of those requirements is for the applicant to show that they have good moral character within the statutory period.  Good moral character can be found lacking in numerous situations, one of which is the failure to pay child support. Child support is a very serious matter.  The willful failure to pay support for any dependents can have grave consequences.  If...

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Crimes and their effect on Naturalization

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  Crimes and their effect on Naturalization   If you are planning to apply for naturalization but are hesitant because you have a criminal record, it is important to consult an attorney to see the effect the criminal record may have on your ability to become a citizen. In order to naturalize, an applicant must show that they have good moral character.  Therefore, they must not have had any criminal conduct indicating otherwise during the statutory period prior to applying for naturalization.  The statutory period may be either three...

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Failure to Register for Selective Service

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  Failure to Register for Selective Service   More commonly known as a “draft,” the military Selective Service registration is a requirement by male United States Citizens between the ages of 18 through 25.  This was enacted by the President in 1980 and the requirement also extends to green card holders, refugees, asylees, and others in that age group. Persons not required to register are those in temporary status, such as student visas or visitor visas. If there is a failure to fulfill the requirement, an USCIS officer may request...

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Obama’s Plan to Reform the Investor L-1 Visa

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  Obama’s Plan to Reform the Investor L-1 Visa   “One of the things that would make America even more attractive to businesses and that would grow our economy and shrink our deficits, and keep this country safer, stronger, and smarter, would be a comprehensive immigration reform package,” stated Obama at the SelectUSA Investment Summit on March 23, 2015.  Of this immigration reform package, Obama focused on his plan to reform the L1 visa process.  Obama announced his plan to make the L1 process much easier for foreign nationals. The...

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Visa Options under VAWA

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  Visa Options under VAWA   The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has undergone much support and also criticism since it was first enacted in 1994.  In regards to immigration, VAWA has been expanded to allow immigrant victims relief through several methods permitted by USCIS.  Immigrants subject to violent crimes may apply for a U-visa, victims of sexual assault or trafficking may apply for a T-visa, or a victim of spousal/child/parent abuse may petition by themselves for permanent residency without informing their abuser.  The...

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Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents

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Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents  Sometimes immigrants make mistakes and have criminal offenses that occur after they receive their green cards.  If this occurs, you may find yourself in removal/deportation proceedings and need to defend yourself.  One type of defense available is cancellation of removal under 240A(a) of the Immigration and National Act (INA).  In order to qualify you must satisfy the basic requirements as follows:  You have been a permanent resident for at least five (5) years; Prior to service of the...

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Cancellation of Removal for Non Lawful Permanent Residents

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Cancellation of Removal for Non Lawful Permanent Residents There are many people living out of immigration status in the United States for substantial periods of time.  In the event you are a foreign-born person who has been living in the U.S. without legal status for a long time, and you have been placed into removal proceedings, also sometimes called deportation proceedings,  you may be eligible for what’s called “Non-LPR Cancellation of Removal”.  If you are successful in this form of defense relief, you may receive a green card in the...

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What Happens when a Petitioner Passes Away Before Your Case is Complete

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What Happens when a Petitioner Passes Away Before Your Case is Complete Immigration regulations have been modified over time to include provisions to help a beneficiary of a case who has lost their petitioning family member.  For a spouse of a USC Petitioner who is already grieving over the loss of their spouse, it is devastating to hear that he/she can no longer immigrate to the United States.  Fortunately, this law has changed so that spouses who lose their petitioning spouse can now self petition and receive favorable results in most...

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Deferred Action For Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program Still Open

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Deferred Action For Early Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program Still Open Recently, a Federal Court entered an injunction was halting the implementation of Obama’s new immigration policies, the first which was scheduled for February 18.  In light of this legal maneuvering by anti-immigration groups, USCIS is still accepting applications for initial requests and renewals under the current  DACA program which was established in 2012.  Therefore, anyone who qualifies according to the guidelines below, can still apply.  The following tips are...

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Immigration News Update: Expanded DACA and DAPA Programs delayed

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Immigration News Update: Expanded DACA and DAPA Programs delayed           On February 16, 2015, a temporary injunction was entered against implementation of the Obama Administration’s executive actions concerning immigration law.  This decision will halt all further efforts to get the new immigration programs started.  This will also factor into whether the government shuts down USCIS due to no funding. Despite this recent decision to postpone the implementation of the new laws.  Legal experts predict that the Federal government will...

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