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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Filling Out Form I-130 for Adult Son or Daughter (Over 21) of U.S. Permanent Resident

Preparing the initial visa petition required to bring a green card holder’s adult child to the U.S. If you are a U.S. green card holder (permanent resident), you may be able to petition for your foreign-born children who are age 21 or older (referred to as “sons or daughters” by U.S. immigration law) to immigrate to the U.S. and receive lawful permanent residence (green cards). To start this process, you will need to prepare and submit a visa petition on

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President Obama Breaks His Promise on Administrative Relief

The New York Times reports on Saturday that White House officials have confirmed President Obama will not keep his promise to the American people and forego an announcement on Administrative Relief.  The report indicates the President will not act before the Mid-Term elections in November. The following is my response to the announcement delay: I am extremely frustrated, hurt, and angry at the news that political ambitions by Democrats and others played a role in forcing the hand of President Obama to

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Follow the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Money

How does the ALS Association spend its millions? As the nation sweated out summer 2014, scores of people took to the supposedly charitable act of dumping ice water on their heads to raise awareness about ALS, a neuro-degenerative disease. In truth, the act of dumping cold water on one’s head was not really a charitable act, since doing so is merely an excuse to get out of being “obligated” to donate $100 to the ALS Association (ALSA), the charity behind

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Apple Unveils the Apple Watch

So the industry has been waiting to see if Apple can make “wearable tech” a thing. Apple has two advantages in this regard: The company places a very high value on aesthetics, and there’s no avoiding the fact that watches are generally understood to not merely be functional, but a form of jewelry. So maybe Apple can design a fake digital watch that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear. Apple’s customers are slavish idiots and will buy dog feces if

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How to Help a Detainee in an Immigration Hold

If someone you know has been detained after an immigration hold, here are the first things to do. An immigration hold (also called a detainer) refers to when an undocumented or illegal immigrant who is already in jail is held, often past the person’s scheduled release date, for transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The hold lasts for 48 hours, during which time ICE is supposed to pick the person up. (If it doesn’t, then technically you can argue

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The Immigration Hold Process After Jail

When an immigrant is detained by law enforcement for an alleged crime, he or she may be placed on an “immigration hold” or “immigration detainer”. Here’s how the process works. When a foreign national is in state or federal custody (that is, jail) and comes to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — possibly through one of its branches, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — a so-called “immigration hold” may be placed

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