Resident Aliens Hold Green Cards

The term “resident alien” applies to immigrants who reside in the United States and includes both Permanent Resident and Conditional Resident statuses. Essentially, a resident alien refers to non-U.S. citizens holding legally recognized permission to live and work in the United States. USCIS information broadly defines the term “alien” as a non-U.S. citizen. In other …

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Marriage

The timeframe required to receive naturalized citizenship for immigrants who marry U.S. citizens expedites, but the naturalization process still entails multiple steps over several years. Understanding the rules around citizenship through marriage and following the guidelines precisely ensures the path to citizenship runs as smoothly as possible. Immigrant spouses– either same sex or opposite sex– …

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Immigration Courts Trial Electronic Filing Program

Immigration courts around the country begin trialing an electronic filing system as part of a pilot program that’s designed to reduce paper use among federal entities. The pilot, which began in San Diego and York, Pennsylvania in July, Atlanta and Denver courts in August and then Baltimore and Charlotte, North Carolina in September, tests feasibility …

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USCIS Re-Opens DACA Renewals

In response to a federal court order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) once again accepts renewal requests to grant continuing deferred action to beneficiaries who’ve previously held Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. The court order forces a stand down to President Donald Trump’s recession of the DACA executive order signed into existence …

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Preparing for a Biometrics Appointment

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires most immigrants filing an application, petition or request to provide identity confirmation and background checks through biometrics— fingerprints, a photograph and a signature. For immigrants residing in the United States, USCIS sends Form I-797C, Notice of Action with information on the date, time and the Application Support Center …

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Most Common Reasons Why U.S. Citizenship Applications Are Denied

When applying for U.S. citizenship, it is essential to avoid the pitfalls that cause so many citizenship applicants to get denied each year. The more knowledge you have about the issues that commonly cause applications to be denied, the easier it will be to avoid falling into these traps. While some citizenship applications get denied …

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New Streamlined EAD / SSN Process Launches

With a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA,) some foreign nationals using the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, can now streamline their Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and Social Security number (SSN) applications. The new streamlined process applies to foreign nationals in certain categories …

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