Top 5 Immigration Utopia

In high school a friend had an assignment describing his utopia.  In case you are not familiar with utopia, its essentially an ideal world; or as Wikipedia describes it, utopia is “an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system.”  I guess it was a sign that we’re not living in our own version of a utopia when my friend received this fun assignment and I was likely assigned something painful like trigonometry or geometry, clearly not my version of utopia but I digress.  As an Immigration lawyer I have my own version of Immigration Utopia.  My ideal world of how US Immigration should work.  As mentioned above, we are clearly living in a painful time of immigration.  With many people sneaking into the US with clear demand for their labor and family presence as well as others that have clearly proven their case but there are not enough available green cards to be allotted.  The most painful of all, a child brought to the US without inspection or even with inspection, they mature like a normal American kid, go to high school, college, and then want to find a job only to realize they do not have Immigration status.  These examples are just to show we are not living in my version of Immigration Utopia.  So below is a top five list of changes that would move us towards my subjective world of U.S.… Continue reading...

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Naturalization for Armed Forces

On January 19, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that changes the DHS’s regulations by implementing a statutory amendment reducing from three years to one year the length of time a member of the United States Armed Forces has to serve to qualify for naturalization through service in the Armed Forces. In addition, this rule also amends DHS regulations by implementing a statutory amendment to include as eligible for naturalization individuals who served or are serving as members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of the U.S. Armed Forces during specified periods of hostility. This rule also eliminates the need to submit G-325B, Biographic Information.

In the past, aliens who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during peacetime were eligible for naturalization only after serving for period of three years and only those who were in active status were eligible to naturalize. Until 2003, the govement reduced the three years requirement to one year for alien Army in active status during peacetime and extended the benefit of naturalization to individuals who have served as members of the Selected Reserve of the Ready Reserve of the U.S.… Continue reading...

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