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.
Immigration attorneys offer a wide array of services connected to the naturalization process—ranging from assistance with the application to preparation for the exam. One service that many immigration attorneys offer is to accompany their clients to the naturalization interview. You might be wondering why your attorney’s presence would be beneficial here. We’ve laid out a few reasons your attorney can aid your interview process.
Among the many complicated steps to achieve citizenship to the U.S., applying for a Social Security number tends to be one of the simpler tasks. A Social Security number can make it easier for you to find a job, buy a home and seek other opportunities. You will most likely need one if you are coming to work in the US. It’s important to know how the Social Security system may benefit you.
If you’re considering applying for citizenship to the United States of America, you first need to know if you’re eligible for naturalization. As you review the requirements, you may find one that you do not meet. What do you do?