Green Card & Residence

With the recent elections, many lawful permanent residents are scurrying to “make it official” and become a naturalized citizen. The protection and benefits of naturalizing are certainly worth attempting to start the process. (Plus application fees for the N-400 are schedule to increase by December 23, 2016.) As a US citizen you are granted a permanent right to reside in the U.S. without the worry of losing it if, for instance, you engage in certain criminal activity. So who’s eligible to apply for Naturalization (N-400 Application for Naturalization)? Age Requirement The applicant must be least 18 years of age at the time of filing (except active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces). Permanent Residence  The applicant must have been lawfully admitted as a U.S. permanent resident. Five-Year / Three-Year Residence in the United States After becoming a lawful permanent resident and immediately before filing an application for naturalization, the […]

Naturalization Ready: Requirements to Become a US Citizen

Chances are, if you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) you either want to maintain that status or have intentions to eventually naturalize. Either way, understanding the impact that certain crimes and convictions can have on your immigration status is critical. LPRs convicted of “Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude” (CIMTs) can face deportation. CIMTs? Yes, Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude are generally defined by US courts as crimes that are “inherently base, vile, or depraved, and contrary to the accepted rules of morality and the duties owed between persons or to society in general.” Matter of Silva-Trevino, 24 I&N Dec. 687 (AG 2008).  CIMTs include aggravated felonies and crimes that are punishable by a sentence of one year or more. In order for a CIMT to render a noncitizen deportable, one of the following scenarios must be true: A. You were convicted of two CIMTs since the date of your admission Or […]

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