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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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Understanding the Naturalization Process

According to the American Immigration Council in its 2018 study, Florida is home to at least 4.5 million immigrants, of whom 57%, or 2.5 million, have already become naturalized citizens. Additionally, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that, as of July 1, 2019, Miami had a population of 467,963 persons, and Miami-Dade County, 2,716,940.

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How Can I Help My Family Member Become a Permanent Resident?

Every year, approximately one million immigrants are granted lawful permanent resident status (green card) of the United States. Of the 1,051,031 individuals granted green cards in the fiscal year 2015, about two-thirds (65%) were family members of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

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How to Navigate Deportation Proceedings

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) can institute a deportation or removal proceeding for many reasons. Simply because ICE has sent you a deportation notice does not mean that you will automatically be removed from the U.S.

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Becoming a U.S. Citizen

At the immigration law firm Gurian Group P.A., in Miami, Florida, we appreciate the value of citizenship. Very powerful rights are afforded to citizens of the United States that are not available to those who live in the country illegally or even legally.

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What If I Get Deported but My Children Were Born in the U.S.?

During the 2018 fiscal year, the U.S. deported more than 337,000 immigrants, 56% of them had not been convicted of crimes. In 2019, an estimated 16.7 million households had at least one family member who was living here illegally.

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