For many in South Florida, becoming a citizen of the United States is a dream come true. Late last month a record number of individuals participated in the naturalization ceremony which took place at the South Florida Fair. A total of 707 people took the oath of allegiance. The Palm Beach County U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service office conducted the ceremony.
As many in the Miami area are likely aware, the road to citizenship can be long and twisted. There are many steps that must be taken before someone gets to the point where he or she is ready to take the citizenship test. This test, which includes questions on matters such as United States history, congressional representative and state capitals, must be passed before one can move on to the next step in become a citizen of the U.S.
Obtaining citizenship is the goal for many individuals currently residing in the Miami, Florida area. As these people are likely aware, the path to citizenship can be long, complicated and confusing. People who are interested in the securing citizenship should be aware of a scam that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is currently warning people about. The scam is being facilitated over the telephone. According to the USCIS, the scammers pretend to be officials with the agency when they call those seeking citizenship either as petitioners or applicants.
In the past we have written posts that touch upon why eligible individuals choose to not seek to become citizens of the United States. Regular readers may remember that one of those reasons is a lack of the finances necessary to complete the process. It currently costs $680 to apply to become a naturalized citizen. It is likely that many are curious about where that money actually goes once it is collected. In today’s post we will explore that issue.
All residents of the Miami area are probably aware that immigration matters are complex. Accordingly, it is likely not surprising that many people do not understand how the system works. This is not limited to those whose ancestors have been in the United States for generations. Even those who are immigrants usually need assistance and education regarding the immigration laws that are often changing.
While there are likely many in the Miami area who are interested in becoming citizens of the United States, individuals are not the only ones that care about immigration matters. Many businesses in the area are also watching the immigration debate in our nation's capital with great interest. There are many reasons employers are interested in the subject apart from fulfilling skilled positions. It also provides good publicity for the business and promotes diversity in the workplace.
To individuals from other countries who are seeking to become citizens of the United States, it can seem like an impossible dream. The immigration system is complicated and there are many ways in which someone might seek citizenship. While much has been made lately of the immigration reform plan that President Obama has outlined, it is possible that many may not be aware of a program that was put in place by President George W. Bush.
In a previous post we wrote about how the recent health care overhaul was not crafted in such a way to help undocumented immigrants. In fact, the 2010 law bans these individuals from Medicaid coverage, and pertains only to citizens of the United States. This does not men however that such individuals are completely left in the lurch. There is in fact a Florida state-federal health insurance program in place, the funds from which are often used to cover medical bills accumulated by immigrants who are in the country without authorization.
Earlier this month we wrote about the overhaul of the immigration system expected to take place this year. This past Monday, senators from both the Democratic and Republican parties announced the plan they had developed together. Noting that he and the senate appear to be on the same track, President Obama revealed the much anticipated details to his plan the following day, at a high school, in Las Vegas.
It is likely that many people in the state of Florida think about immigration reform in the context of it being beneficial to individuals who at some point entered the United States to live, without proper documentation. While it would undoubtedly have a positive impact for those individuals, it could also have a positive impact for businesses in the state as well.