Many Americans take pride in serving their country--either through military service or civil service in the federal government. Sometimes that service may relocate such citizens to other countries.
Marrying a U.S. citizen not only speeds up the process of becoming a lawful permanent resident, but it also makes applying for citizenship a little easier. However, there are still specific requirements for citizenship or naturalization.
Because you are already a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you know how complex and challenging any immigration process can be. You also know that, even after going through the process to obtain your green card, you still do not have all the benefits and protections of someone who is a citizen of the U.S.
Birthright citizenship is common in many countries around the world—and it has been a founding principle of United States government. Anyone born in the U.S.—regardless of the citizenship of their parents—is automatically an American citizen.
Like other Texas residents, you may have assumed that, because your child was born to you, a U.S. citizen, he or she automatically receives the same citizenship. That would probably be the case if your child was born here in the United States but may not be if the birth took place in another country.
Since the current administration took charge of the White House, attacks on U.S. immigrants have been widespread—particularly targeting Muslim and Hispanic groups. The administration has gone after migrants, asylum seekers and children. Now, it’s even going after its own citizens.
On August 9, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, the parents of Melania Trump, were sworn in as U.S. citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan. They were sponsored by the First Lady, who obtained a green card in 2001 became a U.S. citizen in 2006. She and her parents are originally from Slovenia.
Imagine you’re an immigrant in the United States. Maybe you’re undocumented. Or maybe you’re a lawful permanent resident. One day, on your way to work, a drunk driver side-swipes you—sending your car somersaulting. You miraculously survive the accident, and the paramedics take you to the ER. Doctors work tirelessly to stabilize you.
Common law marriage is a type of union that does not need to require a marriage ceremony or a marriage certificate. Rather, members of the couple simply have an understanding that they are committed to each other, and they behave as a married couple.
If you are preparing to take your test to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, you have probably experienced at least one example of the immigration process. Perhaps you applied for a green card or visa, or you went through the process of removing conditions after marrying a U.S. citizen. In any of these cases, you understand the process can be tedious and complex.