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You Need to be ‘Good’ to Become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen

While permanent residents may reside in the United States without ever becoming citizens, they do not have all the rights and privileges that U.S. citizens have. For example, permanent…

U.S. Plans to Deport All Undocumented by 2012

U.S. Plans to Deport All Undocumented by 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- Recent nets cast by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) captured hundreds of undocumented immigrants at worksites nationwide. In their wake, say immigrant rights advocates, family members and attorneys for those…

USCIS Announces 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status

On March 10, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Somalia through Sep. 17, 2009.…

The Latest Attempt at Immigration Reform in Minnesota

The failure of the federal government to pass comprehensive immigration reform has led state and local governments to take this issue into their own hands.  At a news conference on…

New USCIS Rules on the Horizon: Proposed Rule on Permanent Resident Card Replacements

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services issued a proposed rule on Aug. 22, 2007 that would require permanent residents with the older version of Form I-551 (green card), with no…

USCIS Announces New Naturalization Exam

On Sept. 27, 2007, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the 100 questions and answers that comprise the civics component of the new naturalization test. The new test will be…

ICE Steps Up Worksite Enforcement Efforts

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), recently issued a final rule, effective Sep. 14, 2007, amending the regulation relating to…

The Hardship Waiver: A Must-Have for Those With Time-Related Bars of Admissibility

In today’s immigration climate involving massive crackdowns on the employment of undocumented workers, it is practically impossible for foreign nationals to live and work in the United States without lawful…

Anatomy of Marriage Fraud Cases

When the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services charges a foreign national with committing marriage fraud – that is, marrying a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident for the primary purpose…

Immigration Appeals Board Makes Significant Ruling on Returning Permanent Residents

The Board of Immigration Appeals issued a favorable decision in June that also set a precedent regarding lawful permanent residents.  In Matter of Abosi, the Board decided that a returning…

Immigration Filing Fees to More Than Double

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that new filing fees will apply to most immigration benefit applications and petitions postmarked or received on or after July 30,…