Monthly Archives: September 2014

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German Government Tries To Censor Publication Of Its List Of Censored Websites

A few weeks ago, an anonymous internet user was able to acquire and subsequently extract a website blacklist used by Germany’s Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Children (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien [BPjM]). This un-hashed list was posted to the user’s Neocities blog, along with some analysis of the blacklist’s contents and a rundown on the minimal protective efforts used for the list. The actual blacklist is much more extensive than what’s published here. In fact, as is noted

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Solidarity Surcharge (Solidaritaetszuschlag) in Germany

The solidarity surcharge (Solidaritaetszuschlag) is an additional fee on income tax, capital gains tax and corporate tax in Germany. This means that the solidarity surcharge is to be paid by every natural and legal person that owes one of the above-mentioned taxes in Germany. Why did the German Government come up with that fee (it is not a tax, it is a fee, Lol)? As West and East Germany united, it was clear that the poor communist East Germany could not sustain

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Legal Reasons a U.S. Immigrant May Be Deported

The U.S. immigration laws contain numerous grounds upon which non-citizens, including green card holders, may be deported back to their country of origin. There are several reasons for the U.S. immigration authorities to deport an immigrant – that is, send the person back to his or her country of origin. One of the most obvious is that the immigrant simply did not have a right to be in the United States to begin with, having crossed the border or otherwise

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Green Cards for Your Family: Sponsorship Categories

Can relatives come to the U.S.? It depends on how the family member is related. Many people in the United States have family members living in other countries, and wonder whether they can bring them here. It’s a myth that if one immigrant settles in the United States, that one can get green cards (permanent residence) for the whole extended family, and so on. The truth is both more limited and more complex. Who You Can Help Immigrate You can

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Who Can Apply for U.S. Citizenship

Find out who is eligible for U.S. citizenship and how to apply. U.S. citizenship gives a person as many rights as the U.S. has to offer; for example, the right to vote, petition for family members to immigrate, and live abroad without losing the right to return. For these reasons, citizenship is not easily obtained. To become a U.S. citizen through the process known as naturalization, you must first have a green card (permanent residence) and then meet other requirements,

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Obtaining Proof of U.S. Citizenship

If you have a right to U.S. citizenship, what’s next? If you believe you are a U.S. citizen, you’ll want a document to prove it. If you were born on U.S. soil and there is a record of your birth, a standard U.S. birth certificate issued by a state government is your primary proof of U.S. citizenship. (Birth certificates issued by hospitals are not official records and do not serve as proof of citizenship.) If you were naturalized in the

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U.S. Citizenship by Birth or Through Parents

You may already be a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization and not know it. U.S. citizenship can be obtained in one of four ways: birth in the United States or its territories birth to U.S. citizen parents (called “acquisition” of citizenship) naturalization (obtaining citizenship after an application and exam), or naturalization of one’s parents (called “derivation” of citizenship). Some people are already U.S. citizens and don’t know it. Most of these people fall into one of three groups: People

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How the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) Helps Immediate Relatives of U.S. Citizens

Turning 21 is cause for concern when the beneficiary is the child of a U.S. lawful permanent resident, but the immigration law adds some legal protections. The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) was enacted in 2002 to help young people who turned 21 years old before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) approved their green card applications. Due to lengthy delays on the green card waitlist and standard USCIS and DOS processing times,

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How the CSPA Helps Family-Based Preference Relatives and Derivative Beneficiaries

Turning 21 no longer destroys children’s eligibility as it used to — learn the details here. The Child Status Protection Act (CSPA) of 2002 was a great step forward in addressing the lengthy wait times that often blocked good faith attempts by U.S. citizens and permanent residents to apply for green cards for unmarried children under age 21. Prior to the CSPA, many children with pending immigrant visa petitions “aged out” — that is, lost their eligibility — if a

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