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N400: Timeline And New Pitfalls

20 March 2020

Author: U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney Alena Shautsova Being granted US Citizenship is a dream come true for many lawful permanent residents who went through significant hurdles to adjust their status. With all the recent changes in immigration, especially the new public charge rules many who would like to apply for US Citizenship a ...

US Citizenship: Automatic Citizenship For Children

18 February 2020

Author: NYC Immigration Citizenship Lawyer Alena Shautsova A person who was brought to the USA as a child may not know that he or she is already a citizen. Often, children do not worry about their immigration status and continue to renew their green cards up until the time they need to travel overseas or there is some sort of legal issue. At tim ...

New Trends In Naturalization Proceedings: Good Moral Character

19 September 2019

Author: US Citizenship Attorney Alena Shautsova I read an article recently that a former political prisoner of Cuba, who advocated against Fidel Castro, was actually detained in Cuba, and later released on the request of the US government and was able to come to the US, was denied US citizenship. USCIS denied him naturalization petition, and the ...

When A State Marijuana-Related Arrest Or Activity Can Become A Citizenship Problem

22 April 2019

Author: US citizenship Lawyer Alena Shautsova Recently, in response to states’ trying to decriminalize the use of marijuana, USCIS published policy updates stating that certain actions even though might not be criminal on a state level will be regarded as a “problem” when it comes to Immigration. The exact language of the USCIS’s announcement read ...

New Policy Changes For Citizenship English Requirements Waiver

21 December 2018

Author: US Citizenship Attorney Alena Shautsova One of the requirements for naturalization is for the person to be able to read, write and speak English. In some cases, however, the US government may waive this retirement if a person can establish that he/she has a certain disability that prevents him or her to learn English. In such a case, a p ...

Automatic Citizenship For Children: Custody Issue

23 September 2018

Author: New York citizenship attorney Alena Shautsova When a parent naturalizes and has children under 18 years old on the date of the naturalization, typically, the Immigration officers will remind that parent that now he/she should file and obtain US passports for those children. Sometimes, however, the things do not work out the way we plan. ...

3 Most Common Pitfalls During Citizenship Application

13 December 2017

Author: US Citizenship Lawyer Alena Shautsova For any immigrant to receive a US citizenship signifies a great achievement: everything he/she worked for, everything he/she hoped for in the US is presented by a sheet of paper called a Certificate of Naturalization. Usually, a person has to be in green card status for 3 or 5 years before he/she can s ...

Certificate Of Citizenship V. Certificate Of Naturalization

07 June 2017

Author: U.S. Citizenship Attorney Alena Shautsova Certificate of Naturalization is a goal of many who is seeking to immigrate to the United States. It is a document that proves that one was granted a US citizenship, took an oath of allegiance, and now is a citizen of the United States. Unlike, however, in the case of US born citizens, a person w ...

U.S. Citizenship Without English Language Knowledge

04 May 2017

Author: Citizenship Attorney Alena Shautsova One of the qualifications for naturalization or citizenship in the United States is applicant’s ability to write, read and understand English. There are waivers of the English test for those who reached a certain age (50, 55 or 60) and have resided in the United States as permanent residents for certain ...

Citizenship Eligibility Through Your Spouse

02 September 2016

Author: Alena Shautsova A person who received a permanent resident status in the US based on marriage to a US citizen, may apply for naturalization or US citizenship if he/she has been 2 years and 9 months in permanent resident status (provided all other conditions are met). To compare, the “regular” route would take 5 years (4 years and 9 mont ...

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