US Immigration Guide

Visas, Green Cards & Naturalization

It is a widespread dream of many foreign-born individuals to become official citizens of the United States. Their reasons vary from seeking a better life to freedom from religious or political persecution of their homeland. Last year, 1,112,373 people realized that dream by becoming legal permanent residents (LPRs) of the United States.

Because of the high number of people becoming LPRs of the United States each year, many people mistakenly think becoming a US citizen is simply a matter of filling out a few forms. The reality is that US immigration is a very complicated affair. With myriad forms to fill out and requirements to meet, many people have no idea where to even start.

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Getting Started

Where you and your parents were born, where you are currently living and where you want to live in the future are the starting points — and sometimes, the ending point — for your dealings with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

For example, where you were born and where your parents were born are very important questions when it comes to US citizenship. If you were born in the United States (or its territories), or your parents were born there, then you either are already a US citizen or you can get citizenship fairly easily. Otherwise, you need to begin a somewhat lengthy process to become naturalized. This process is heavily influenced by where you are living and where you will be living.

These and other aspects of the current US policy are brought together in Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. This law guides USCIS in its development of rules and procedures. Who is permitted to enter the United States and how they can become a citizen as well as who can be removed from the United States are all covered in the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. The state and territorial laws do not impact the process, but where you are living in the United States definitely does have an impact based on workloads and USCIS office policies that impact their application of rules and guidelines.

It is highly recommended to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable in immigration law before taking any action towards naturalization, due to the constant changes in this area of law. Ideally, you are looking for someone who is knowledgeable about applications from your country of origin and the procedural guidelines of your regional office of immigration.

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