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US Citizenship Archives

SCOTUS hands down important decision in case examining birthright citizenship - II

Last week, our blog began discussing how the Supreme Court of the United States handed down an important decision in Lynch v. Morales-Santana -- now Sessions v. Morales-Santana -- a case examining whether the differing physical residency requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 violated the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection.

Miami immigration courts struggle with backlog of over 23,000 cases

The backlog of immigration cases in courts in Miami are growing. Why are these cases increasing at unusual rates? The new administration has resulted in a shift of culture within the courts. Courts are forced to shift from a focus on discretion with each individual case to one of enforcement.

Reasons why you should become a Florida citizen

Citizenship is a big goal for those who come to the United States through Florida. Florida is a popular state for immigrants, current citizens and tourists. There are plenty of different reasons to become a Florida citizen, but these are the most important ones out there today.

Immigration services cost increases affect would-be Americans

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office has raised rates for filing naturalization paperwork for the first time since 2010. News reports show that the price increases, which are designed to protect against fraud and improve administrative support, increase costs for immigration needs by an average of 21 percent. This agency, which is funded exclusively through application fees, is justifying the rate hike by arguing that additional money will improve customer service and agency efficiency.

Help for those in Florida seeking citizenship

Many people living in Florida and in areas across the country have a dream of being a United States citizen. Many have lived and worked their whole life in the country or had parents or grandparents who were American citizens but often believe -- sometimes mistakenly -- that there is no path that can lead to citizenship for themselves. Fortunately, the attorneys at Weiss, Alden & Polo, P.A. are dedicated to helping helping people become citizens.

How children born overseas acquire U.S. citizenship - II

Last time, our blog discussed how more U.S. citizens than ever are now choosing to establish residences abroad for work, school or even personal reasons. We also discussed how many of these U.S. citizens aren't letting their new living arrangements impede their long-term family plans, as many are having children in their adopted homelands.  

How children born overseas acquire U.S. citizenship

Thanks to educational pursuits, employment opportunities and lifestyle portability, more U.S. citizens than ever are able to not just visit foreign nations for prolonged periods, but actually establish residences there. In fact, this new era of global living is doing little to hinder plans for raising a family, as many of these U.S. citizens are becoming proud parents while living abroad.

Just how easy is it to follow through on a promise to move north?

Chances are good that at some point in your life, you've heard a loved one, friend or co-worker vow to pack up their belongings and move to another country as a sort of social protest. In fact, chances are also good that you've heard this sentiment expressed perhaps more than you can remember over the last few months given that we are in the middle of an especially contentious presidential election year.

Why are so many immigrant veterans being deported?

Federal law dictates that while lawful permanent residents can be legally conscripted into the military, they are also able to enlist in any branch of the armed forces. Indeed, statistics from the Department of Defense reveal that roughly 12,000 active duty service members are non-citizens and another 500,000-plus veterans are non-citizens.