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Renew Green Card

In order to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis, foreign-born nationals must request a permanent resident card (green card or Form I-551) a document that occasionally requires renewal. Green cards require renewal every 10 years. In short, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) accepts renewal applications for those currently holding …

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Proof of U.S. Citizenship

Often necessary in dealings with federal government agencies, proof of U.S. citizenship centers on specific documents showing either naturalized or derived citizenship. Understanding citizenship criteria and obtaining supporting documentation ensures a smooth process when requesting benefits allotted only to U.S. citizens. Documents normally accepted to prove U.S. citizenship include: Birth Certificate U.S. Passport Certificate of …

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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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Instructions for Filing Form I-90

Immigrants with Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status who need to renew or replace a green card file Form I-90, Application to Replace a Permanent Resident Card with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to begin the process. Timely and accurate filing of the green card renewal form ensures continued permission to work in the United …

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Dreamer Roadmaps Higher Education with New App

After facing her own difficulties in finding resources to pay for her college education, entrepreneur Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca launched DREAMer’s Roadmap. The mobile app acts as a scholarship network specifically designed for undocumented students. “We believe that all students regardless of legal status should have the same opportunity to pursue the ‘American Dream’ and become …

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California Wildfires Prompt USCIS Unforeseen Circumstances Reminder

As unprecedented wildfires continue to burn in California, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues a reminder about the agency’s unforeseen circumstances rule. Because of the potential disruption caused by the fires, USCIS offers greater latitude to immigrants requiring services. In an August 15 release, USCIS lays out specific services available with an immigrant’s request …

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Army Re-Opens Immigrant Enlistment

After pausing the special immigrant enlistment program due to the lack of legal and policy clarity, U.S. Army officials re-open opportunities for foreign-born recruits. While military service traditionally offers a path to citizenship for immigrant enlistees, unsettled reform issues, as well as calls by President Donald Trump for increased vetting around all levels of national …

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DACA Participation Remains Strong

New and renewed enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continues with 16,600 new enrollees through June this year and 117,400 renewals.The numbers represent around 60 percent of approved new and renewing enrollees during the same period in 2017. Instituted under President Barack Obama in 2012, DACA provides work permits as well …

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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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USCIS Head Discusses Immigration Policies

During a visit to the midwest, Francis Cissna, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), discussed current immigration policy in the country as moving toward employer and economic need. Cissna, named by President Donald Trump last year to lead the agency, met with Lincoln, Neb.-based employees of the area’s immigration service center in late …

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