A young man adopted from Korea when he was three-years-old is facing deportation due to his adoptive parents failing to apply for naturalization. He is awaiting deportation hearings in June. Meanwhile, two U.S. senators are sponsoring an amendment to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. This amendment grants U.S. citizenship for international adoptees automatically. This would include retroactive citizenship to children such as the young adoptee who reached the age of 18 when this act first placed into law.
The naturalization test that you must take and pass to become a U.S. citizen has a reputation for being grueling. For some people, this means hours and hours of studying and preparation, something we discussed in a post back in December. But when even the most able people have difficulty passing the naturalization test, imagine what it must be like for those who live with a physical or developmental disability.
Is dual citizenship right for you? It is important to understand what dual citizenship is as well as the advantages and disadvantages to having dual citizenship.
Imagine going through the naturalization process. The anxiety of the it all would be enough to keep some people from going through with it, but many people are brave enough to get through the naturalization process. There is one hurdle along the way, though, that even the bravest of applicants will lose some sleep over: the citizenship test.
The process immigrants have to go through to obtain U.S. citizenship is notorious for being long and complicated, but many citizens who have gone through it are glad they did. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will handle your citizenship application, so it is in your best interest to become familiar with what they expect.
There are many illegal immigrants in Louisiana and all over the country. Some of these immigrants would like to become American citizens, but have been unable to navigate the process. According to a recent poll published by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institute, 62 percent of Americans are in support of a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Many people from other countries struggle each year to enter the United States legally, and become U.S. citizens. However, some people are so passionate about getting to the states that they will do almost anything to get here. President Obama has recently addressed a crisis involving unaccompanied children taking extreme measures to cross the Southwest border of the country. Officials believe that close to 120 children do this every day, and this number is much higher than in recent past. The Obama administration believes that at this rate, 130,000 unaccompanied children could be making the trek to America by the year 2015.
There have been a number of recent news stories that deal with the issue of citizenship. Many Louisiana immigrants are confused about their citizenship or permanent resident status and what it actually means. One woman came to the United States when she was a young child and later assumed that she derived citizenship from her step-father who was a U.S. citizen. She therefore never applied for citizenship. Unfortunately, she was never a citizen in the first place, just a legal resident with a green card. She later received an order from an immigration judge, which took away her permanent resident status and subjected her to deportation at any time.
At a recent call-in session in New York, thousands of people all across the United States got their immigration questions answered by volunteers. Some questions came up repeatedly during the session and the answers may help non-citizens in Louisiana get through the citizenship process much more quickly. One of the most common questions had to do with how well one has to speak English in order to become a U.S. citizen. Some wondered that if being a permanent resident for a number of years would make up for their inability to speak English well.