Citizenship and Immigration

For persons looking for information on United States' citizenship and immigration, the major legislative document on immigration, The Immigration and Naturalization Act, sets Congress in power to establish and implement a consummate citizenship and immigration policy. It would also be useful to read the citizenship guide. The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952, which underwent major renovations in post-9/11 America in 2003, currently outlines the ways a person can attain United States citizenship and the rights associated with being a citizen as well. The two main ways for immigrants to attain citizenship in the United States is through the birthright citizenship per the first clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and through the naturalization process currently established across the United States.

Birthright citizenship is when a child is born inside United States soil, regardless of the nationality and citizenship of the parents. In addition to this, children born outside of the United States, but to one or both parents possessing United States citizenship, also prove eligible to citizenship via birthright. For immigrant parents giving birth to a child in the United States or any of its territories, there is no Supreme Court ruling in place to solidify their newborn child's right to citizenship; however the United States v. Wong Kim Ark case of 1898 sets a widely followed guideline.

According to the Supreme Court citizenship and immigration case, a child born in the United States is entitled to citizenship if the following conditions are met including:

  • Child is born on United States soil
  • Child is born to immigrant parents with citizenship of foreign nation
  • The immigrant parents have permanent residency on United States soil
  • The immigrants parents are working in a capacity of an American worker

If all these conditions are met, an immigrant child born in the United States will receive a birth certificate. With this birth certificate, an immigrant child can obtain citizenship and the full rights of an American.

In the American citizenship and immigration system, the emphasis of granting citizenship to foreigners is put on allowing marital and familial ties to be reunited, or in other terms, allowing families and loved ones to live together in the United States if they so choose. In determining naturalization as a full-fledged United States citizen, having dependent children or other relatives that are already United States citizens proves vitally beneficial. Second to the uniting of family ties on United States soil, citizenship and immigration policies of the United States favor those exhibiting beneficial skills and knowledge in regards to their personal employment sector. Persons performing high-demand occupations or occupations requiring extensive education and training that wish to immigrate to the United States may find their immigration process much easier than those without these skills. Only an immigration services lawyer can truly best highlight these employment benefits or family ties to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Again, immigration and eventually obtaining citizenship is a complex process that involves lots of documentation, legal work, and a comprehensive, multi-part strategy that will affect almost every aspect of an immigrant's life. A citizenship and immigration attorney can help.

Immigrants becoming citizens of the United States go through a process termed naturalization. In order to be eligible for naturalization, and then, all the benefits of full-fledged United States citizenship, immigrants must meet certain requirements.
The requirements for naturalization include:

  • Have permanent legal residency in the United States for a certain time period
  • Be over the age of eighteen
  • Be person in good moral standing
  • Pass a written exam on basic United States government and history in English

The naturalization process is a complex and highly individualized legal process, which is almost impossible to navigate without the assistance of a citizenship and immigration attorney. However, at the end of it all, you get a certificate of naturalization. Due to the future you and of your loved ones being placed on the line when seeking residency in the United States, having an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney attending to your case is the only wise option. Once an immigrant goes through the naturalization process, which can take from anywhere from three to five years dependent on length requirements for their permanent residency status, they will be able to be part of all the benefits of an American citizen.

These benefits of becoming a naturalized United States citizen include:

  • Voting privileges in all local, state, and federal elections
  • Protection by the United States when in foreign countries
  • The right to residency anywhere within the United States and its territories
  • The right to any federal aid or assistance including medical, education, or living assistance

Do you or your loved ones want citizenship and immigration assistance in the United States? Contact a citizenship and immigration attorney to help you and your loved ones protect your rights to stay in the United States.

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