Green card holders can serve in the United States military. There is a common misconception that serving in the military automatically grants green card holders – i.e., permanent residents – U.S. citizenship. We debunked this myth in a previous post.
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.
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.
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.
Ever since you were young, you dreamed of becoming an American. You studied hard; you saved your money. After college, you landed a job in New York. After gaining resident status, you applied for citizenship. You took the interview, you passed the tests, and you successfully became a naturalized United States citizen!
You may not realize that many U.S. military personnel fight overseas for our freedom every day without having the full benefits of American freedom themselves. These brave men and women—legal permanent residents—put their lives on the line for us, but could still be subject to deportation if they later make a misstep against the law.