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Asked for your green card by a new employer? That's illegal

Once you have a green card, you're a lawful permanent resident of the United States -- free to live and work anywhere you like, as far as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is concerned. You're probably well aware of how vital that work authorization is. You've worked hard to earn it, and you know that many immigrants don't have the right to work in the U.S.

Stars reveal their immigration stories

The struggle to come to the United States, gain residency or citizenship can be a lonely one. It can seem like you are on your own and that few people will understand. It can be helpful in those moments to remember that many others have walked the same path you are on.

Does immigration stimulate the economy?

In this tumultuous political season, some casual observers might wonder if they could calm the waters with common-sense proposals that don't occur to politicians. If the average person was suddenly vaulted into a position of political leadership, could they offer lasting solutions to persistent problems plaguing the nation?

Is Donald Trump to credit for an increase in U.S. citizenship applications?

Annually, an average of 800,000 individuals apply to become U.S. citizens via the naturalization process. This year, that number is expected to increase by 25 percent and many are crediting none other than the Republican presidential nominee front-runner, Donald Trump for this increased push towards citizenship. 

Path to U.S. citizenship is often complicated and full of roadblocks

According to the Migration Policy Institute roughly 25 percent of the U.S. population are "first or second generation" immigrants. As countries to the south and across the Atlantic continue to be plagued by economic hardships, violence and political and religious conflicts; it's likely that the number of people attempting to immigrate, both legally and illegally, to the U.S. will continue to increase.

A closer look at the process of securing a Green Card

It can be a dream come true when the federal government grants a person authorization to both work and live here in the U.S. on a permanent basis, a reality evidenced by the issuing of a permanent resident card, or, as it is more commonly known, a Green Card.

Confused by the changes to permanent resident fee-payment rules?

Some changes were recently made to the procedures at the U.S. Department of State for paying the fees required for family-based immigrants seeking lawful permanent residence in the U.S., or "green cards." Depending on your situation, there may be two fees.

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