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We Are Here Illegally But Our Kids Were Born Here. Are They U.S. Citizens?

Children born in the United States are granted all the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship, regardless of the immigration status of their parents. But can immigrant parents who entered the country illegally obtain citizenship if their children are U.S. citizens?

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Should Green Card Holders Travel Outside of the U.S. With a Conviction?

Miami-Dade County is home to more than 1.5 million immigrants. How many of them are green card holders with lawful permanent resident (LPR) status is hard to determine, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, in 2018, there were 1,230,000 foreign nationals with LPR status in Florida.

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Tips for Your Immigration Marriage Interview

According to the American Immigration Council, one out of every five residents in Florida is foreign-born, comprising 21% of the state’s total population. As of 2018, 2.5 million immigrants had been naturalized. In Miami, 58.30% of all residents are foreign-born, most of them hailing from the Caribbean and Latin America.

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What is the Stop-Time Rule?

Not surprisingly, orders for removals of aliens – aka deportation – have gone way down under the Biden administration. According to a study by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), in Fiscal Year 2021 immigration courts have ordered removals in just 40.9 percent of cases, compared to 72.2 percent in FY 2019.

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Dispelling Myths About Citizenship

The United States issues approximately 1.1 million green cards each year, granting foreign nationals lawful permanent residency (LPR) status. The Biden administration has proposed adding 375,000 more to the total by expanding eligibility under employment-based categories and the Diversity Visa program, but the bill has been stalled in Congress.

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Understanding LPR Cancellation

Legal permanent residency (LPR) status is extremely important. It allows you to legally work and reside in the U.S. and also makes you eligible for government employment. Cancellation of your LPR status closes the door on all of this and could result in deportation. There are numerous reasons why LPR could be canceled. Regaining LPR status will be a fight, but you do have legal options.

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Appealing a Naturalization Denial

Every year, nearly 860,000 green cardholders in the United States apply for citizenship by naturalization. Of these, only approximately 23% are approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If your naturalization application was denied, you have the right to appeal the denial.

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What If I Entered the U.S. Illegally, but Married a Citizen?

Americans are allowed to marry whomever they want, even if that person entered the country illegally and is not a U.S. citizen. This does not, however, guarantee a happy ending.

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Immigration Arrest. What Should You Do?

During the 2020 fiscal year, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted 103,603 administrative arrests and 4,360 criminal arrests. An undocumented immigrant or a person suspected of illegal entry, visa violations, or unauthorized arrival into the United States may be arrested and detained by immigration.

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