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For noncitizens, voting is often a big mistake

The United States seems to have more polarization than ever before. Because politics often take center stage in nightly newscasts and local cafes alike, you may want to make your voice heard. If you are not a U.S. citizen, though, voting in a federal, state and many local elections may be a big mistake. 

TN nonimmigrant status for Canadian and Mexican professionals

When it comes to obtaining a work visa and moving to California, people who have a higher level of education and/or experience often have more options. Professionals who are citizens of Mexico or Canada have an option not available to foreign nationals from other countries because of the North American Free Trade Agreement. They may qualify for TN nonimmigrant status.

What is the US naturalization test?

The process of becoming a citizen of the United States includes a naturalization test for immigrants in California. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, this test has two major components: the English portion and a civics test. The purpose of this test is to demonstrate that you have a basic understanding of the country's language and history.

Military service remains pathway to citizenship

Many immigrants who live in Corona, California wish to take the next step and become naturalized citizens of the United States. There are many different ways to go about obtaining citizenship. Despite recent changes in the government’s policies toward immigration, serving in the U.S. armed forces continues to be one way that immigrants can pursue citizenship.

A look at citizenship and the upcoming election

Immigrants who live in California may wish to become naturalized citizens of the United States for many reasons. One of the benefits of becoming a citizen is the right to vote. Since 2016 is an election year, and one with divisive issues and candidates at that, interest in citizenship has increased.

Learning about the rights and duties of U.S. citizenship

Foreign nationals want to become U.S. citizens for many reasons, and some may even have been raised almost exclusively in the United States and feel they belong here already. However, before this dream can become a reality for any immigrants, they must complete all the steps outlined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. According to the USCIS, one of the hurdles is the naturalization test, including a civics portion designed to show an applicant’s understanding of how the U.S. government works, its history and the foundations of the Constitution.

What you should know about dual citizenship in the U.S.

Even if you have come to California or elsewhere in the United States with the intention of becoming a citizen, you may still have strong ties and a sense of loyalty to your home country. If you do not want to renounce your former nationality, it may be possible for you to gain dual citizenship. At the U.S. Law Center, we see many cases involving people who go through the process of becoming a U.S. while still remaining a national of their country of birth.

Is my child a U.S. citizen at birth?

If your child is born in California or elsewhere in the United States, or in one of the country’s outlying possessions, he or she is a citizen. However, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services states that when the birth occurs in another country, there are conditions that must be met before your child can be identified as a citizen at birth.

Is my child eligible for derivative citizenship?

As an immigrant parent in Riverside or Orange county in California who is planning to become a U.S. citizen, you may be interested in the ways that your child may become a U.S. citizen, as well. When you go through the naturalization process, there is a good chance that your child will derive or acquire citizenship automatically when you become a citizen. If all the conditions are met, then your son or daughter will not have to go through the naturalization process separately from you.

Understanding the process for becoming a U.S. citizen

Perhaps you came to the U.S. for work, to further your education or to be with family. After spending time in America, you may wish to become a U.S. citizen and make your stay more permanent. Regardless of what brought you to the U.S., the naturalization process can be complicated. At U.S. Law Center, we often consult with people in Corona who want to become naturalized citizens, but are unsure of the process. In this post, we will discuss how you go about becoming a citizen of the United States.

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