WHY FILE FOR CITIZENSHIP?

Being an immigration lawyer has taught me at least one important lesson: it is far easier to prevent a mess than it is to clean up one.  If you qualify, there is one relatively simple thing you can do that will help prevent many serious problems, and also provide multiple benefits to you. It’s filing […]

FILING FOR CITIZENSHIP ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

Citizenship is in many ways the end of the long road of immigration. Besides its obvious civic value, we celebrate grants of citizenship with our clients because it is truly an accomplishment. Even “simple” or “straightforward” cases involve a great deal of patience, time, and uncertainty. But if you’ve ever had to fight USCIS to win […]

MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT ACCIDENTALLY REGISTERED TO VOTE

Make sure you’re not accidentally registered to vote if you’re not a citizen. On May 11, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to create a new Commission for Election Integrity. Vice-chaired by notorious anti-immigrant Kris Kobach (the guy who designed the Muslim registry, NSEERS, and co-authored Arizona’s “show me your papers” law) this new commission will seek to […]

OPERATION JANUS

I’ve always advocated for clients to become US citizens as soon as possible.Sometimes I get asked, “So once I’m a citizen, I’m good, right?” And I say, “Yes, generally. There is always a chance of denaturalization (revoking citizenship) but that is relatively rare.” Enter Operation Janus. I will not be alarmist, but I can no […]

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE EXEMPTIONS FOR NATURALIZATION

As an immigrant to the United States, I am all too familiar with the feeling of helplessness that surrounds a language barrier. If I had a dime for every time I asked someone to repeat their words more simply and slowly, I’m confident I could live in luxury for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, […]