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US Permanent Residency Archives

Tough to transfer from TPS to permanent resident

The revocation of Temporary Protected Status for some otherwise deportable aliens has recently been in the news. A person who is not yet a permanent resident of the United States, who resides in New York, may be subject to deportation. However, due to deteriorating circumstances in some countries, the U.S. has granted TPS for some individuals. 

Permanent resident service members face more rigorous rules

A recent change in Department of Defense policy is changing the way immigrants participate in the military. Under older guidelines, a permanent resident would be able to use military enlistment as a way to fast track a path to U.S. citizenship. The program is now being updated to account for security concerns of government officials. Individuals considering this path to citizenship in New York may wish to review the most current information available about military enlistment and naturalization. 

Permanent resident process may slow down with interviews

As the U.S. government grapples with questions of how to manage immigration, new policies emerge. The path to becoming a permanent resident in the United States has generally been slow, but the revival of a once-waived interview process for employment-based green card holders may add more time to the wait. For employment-based green card applicants in New York, this information may explain any delays they are now experiencing. 

Permanent resident takes Sixth Amendment issue to Supreme Court

One of the basic rights given in New York and throughout the United States is the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees a citizen the right to an attorney if one is desired. When charged with a crime, most defendants seek to retain an attorney who is expected to be knowledgeable about the law. When an individual receives legal advice that is completely ineffective, it can have far-reaching consequences. A recent story tells the tale of a permanent resident facing deportation who prevailed once he took the case to the Supreme Court. 

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.

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