There are currently 708,000 applications for United States citizenship pending, and average wait times have doubled since 2016. One issue that those in Florida and elsewhere are dealing with is an increase in applications during the fiscal year 2016. Actual wait times vary depending on where an individual applies. For instance, in Los Angeles County, the average wait time is about 10 months compared to the national average of five to seven months.
In Florida, there are individuals who work in the state using H-1B visas, which are available for highly skilled workers. A recent change by the Trump Administration may make it more difficult for workers who are working on H-1B visas to obtain renewals.
Permanent residents of the United States living in Florida or other parts of the country who want to serve in the military will face more stringent standards. Those who have a green card will now be required to pass a background check prior to beginning basic training. Getting a certificate of honorable service generally provides a person with a faster path to citizenship. Under new guidelines, a person must pass basic training and serve 180 consecutive days before getting this certificate.
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.
The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 is relatively straightforward when it comes to the issue of whether the children of unwed mothers and fathers may claim U.S. citizenship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.