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Citizenship application changes might change wait times

A new policy by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is likely going to alter the amount of time it takes for some citizenship applicants to receive a decision on their case. For some, who are in the busiest offices in the country, the wait will be shortened. For others, who are in the least busy offices, the wait times might increase.

The new policy is going to send some cases from those busy cities to the less busy cities for processing. The hope is that shifting these applications will cut back on the massive backlog that has some individuals waiting up to two years for a decision.

Employers sometimes struggle with employment visas

Companies who need talented workers will sometimes look toward immigrants to fill those positions. Coming to the United States on an employment visa or being able to remain in the country because of one is a big bonus to some of these individuals. It gives them a chance to do the job they love while building a nice life in this country.

There are many places where companies can find those workers. For many, looking for people at colleges and universities is the preferred option. This enables them to get fresh talent. People who are just graduating have a recent memory of all things that they learned in school. They also have the innovative thinking that can help them to thrive in their job duties.

Man wins case because of incomplete Notice of Hearing

The authorities in California were going to remove a man from the country, but he countered, saying he had lived in the state long enough to cancel the removal. The rule he cited said that he had to reside in California for seven years in a row. He had done that and more, so he asked to have it canceled.

However, in 2008, the man was sent a Notice to Appear. When someone gets this notice, it then puts the stop-time rule into play, meaning that time spent after the notice does not count. Since he had gotten it in 2008 and his case began in 2018, they claimed he should lose those 10 years. That would make him ineligible to cancel the removal.

Prepare for the path to citizenship

Once you are in the United States as a legal immigrant, you might decide that you are going to pursue citizenship. This is a big step that requires you to follow a specific process. We know that this can be challenging, especially since the immigration laws in this country change so often. We are here to help guide you through the process so that you are prepared for what's to come.

As you go through the citizenship application process, you need to carefully consider each step. One thing that you should always remember is that you have to be fully truthful. Any misstatements on the application or any step during the process can lead to you being denied citizenship. If you have things that you don't understand, take the time to find out exactly what you need to know to get it handled properly.

Know the requirements for family-based immigration petitions

Keeping your family together might be a priority for you. Family-based immigration is one option that you have to make this happen, but you have to be sure to handle it properly. There are many considerations that you must think about if you are going to try to bring your loved ones into the United States with you. We are here to help you work through the "red tape" so that you can move forward with your plan.

One important thing to remember is that this process likely won't be speedy. It is likely going to involve a wait, so you should be prepared to wait on the approval before you take any action. You can ensure that it is done as quickly as possible by filling out all forms in their entirety. You must also be honest on all the forms.

Immigration detention comes with important decisions

Having to deal with immigration officials can be a challenging situation. Not only do you need to know applicable immigration laws, but you may also have to deal with a language barrier. These can make everything more complicated. When you have a loved one who is in this position, you need to find out how you can help them. We are here to work with you to determine what options are present in your loved one's case.

One thing that you must remember is that most people who are being detained will have to post a bond when they are released. This is money that must be paid to ensure that the person will attend court dates in the future. If they do, they will likely get the money back. If they don't appear when necessary, the bond is lost.

Citizenship petitions from service members

Many people are shocked to know that the United States military isn't comprised only of U.S. citizens. There are some people who immigrated here who joined the military in the hopes of becoming citizens. Immigrants who are in the military have to meet specific criteria to be able to file for naturalization.

The criteria for this to happen are covered in the Immigration and Nationality Act, sections 328 and 329. Section 328 covers people who serve during times of peace. Section 329 covers those who serve during times of hostility.

Immigration detention can be a frightening event for some people

Almost daily, you can read the news and hear about someone who is being detained because of alleged issues with their immigration status. This is a difficult event for these individuals because it pulls them away from their family members and can leave them in harsh conditions. We understand that you don't want to think about your loved one being locked away due to a problem with documentation. We are here to help detained immigrants learn about their options and set a plan in place to address the issues.

One of the first things that you need to do is to find out why officials are claiming that there is an issue with documentation paperwork. There are various reasons, but you need to know what you are up against. We can work on your behalf to find out the cause of the detention.

Unfounded claim: Violent crime rises near undocumented immigrants

One of the common claims that you see in the mass media regarding immigration is that there is an uptick in criminal activities where there are undocumented immigrants. Despite that claim coming from some high-profile individuals, studies have shown that there isn't a correlation between undocumented individuals and violent crime.

The purported ties between crime and immigration matters seem to be based on assumptions instead of a look at the data for areas with large undocumented populations. In fact, there are some interesting trends that have been noted in these areas.

Becoming a citizen is long process, but worth the effort

Citizenship is the goal of many people who come into the United States from other countries. It is imperative that they learn about the critical points of the program so they can comply with them. There are several things that you should know if you are going to pursue this amazing opportunity. We are here to help you throughout the process.

One of the most important things that applicants have to do is make sure that all their paperwork is in order and that they send in the proper documentation. If there are any questions that aren't answered or anything that isn't fully truthful on your application, there is a chance that your application will be denied. We know you don't want this to happen, so be sure that you double check everything.

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