Category Archives: Citizenship

Immigrating to the United States After Trump Won The Election

The U.S. election stunned the world. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, I don’t think anybody expected Trump to win as resoundingly as he did. I’ve already gotten dozens of emails from former, current and prospective clients asking, “how does this affect my immigration options to the United States?” The short-term answer is […]

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USCIS Filing Fees Increase on December 23, 2016

Effective December 23, 2016, USCIS will increase many of its filing fees. Any applications received on or after this date will be subject to the new fees: G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm) — $65 ($20) G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record) — $65 […]

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What Power Does the President Actually Have Over Immigration

Donald Trump, the presumptive Presidential nominee for the Republican Party has called for a ban on certain immigrants entering into the country on several occasions. Trump first proposed a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country after the terrorist attack in San Bernadino, California. More recently, he has stated that he wishes to restrict immigration […]

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Federal Court of Appeals Rules that Only the Executive Branch Can Correct an Incorrect Naturalization Certificate

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the courts do not have the ability to help a naturalized citizen change her birthdate listed on her certificate of naturalization. In 1965, Yu-Ling Teng first came to the United States on a student visa. At this point, she held a Taiwanese passport that said she […]

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Obama Announces Details on Immigration Executive Action

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced an Executive Action plan to overhaul and attempt to reform the broken U.S. immigration system. His plans include: Extending the validity period on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications from two years to three years Announcing a new plan called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). […]

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USCIS Expands Definition of Mother and Parent under the Immigration and Nationality Act

In October 2014, the USCIS implemented a new policy that essentially expanded the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The term “mother” or “parent” now includes anybody who: “Gave birth to the child, and was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the […]

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How to Renounce U.S. Citizenship

You’ve probably heard of Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook who made billions of dollars and then renounced his U.S. citizenship in order to avoid tax consequences. While most of us will never come close to what Mr. Saverin made, there has been an increase in Americans renouncing their citizenship in the last few years. […]

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Foreign nationals must first have been a U.S. permanent resident for a certain period of time before being eligible for U.S. citizenship through naturalization. When a foreign citizen obtained permanent residency through marriage to a U.S. citizen, he/she can apply for naturalization three (3) years after becoming a permanent resident. When a foreign citizen obtained […]

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