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Learn about the requirements for naturalization

Seeking naturalization in the United States is a dream for many immigrants. This process can end with you becoming a citizen of the U.S. if you meet all the requirements. There are many different ones that you must be aware of.

You must be a legal permanent resident here and have your I-551 card. You must have been in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the past five years. It is sometimes possible for an exception if you can show that you didn't abandon your residence status.

Approached by ICE? Here’s what you need to know.

Interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers can be an intimidating and challenging experience for non-citizens living in the United States. The administration’s immigration policies have been in a state of flux since early 201, casting worry and doubt for those affected by changing immigration laws and policies.

If you’re a non-citizen living in Texas, regardless of documentation or status, it’s important to know your rights when interacting with ICE and other law enforcement officers. The best advice is to speak with an immigration attorney, but here are a few additional reminders in case immigration officers approach you or a loved one.

What to expect when being deported from the United States

If you are facing deportation from the United States, you are likely stressed, scared and worried, especially if you have family that is staying behind. You probably want to know when you will see them again and how long it will take to get back into the country. Let's take a look at what you should expect when being deported from the United States.

If you were detained by the police or any other agency within 100 miles of the United States border and have only been in the country for 14 days or fewer, you can be legally deported immediately. This means you will not have to appear in the immigration courts before being sent out of the country. Should you claim asylum, the claim will be reviewed and if deemed appropriate, you will then go through the court process.

Examining what the Citizenship and Immigration Services does

Have you ever wondered what it is the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency does? This is a vital agency that is run by the Department of Homeland Security. Its agents are responsible for processing and examining applications for lawful immigration to the country in Houston, Texas, and beyond.

One of the most important responsibilities of the agency is to process applications submitted for citizenship. The agency will examine the application, make a determination of eligibility and then meet with the applicant to issue them the Oath of Allegiance if their application was approved.

How can I prepare for the civics test for naturalization?

Are you in the final stages of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States? If so, you you probably know the final stages include the testing portion of the process. You will be required to take and pass an English test and a Civics test.

The English test doesn't change, but the Civics test will change because it has a lot of history-related questions. So, how can you prepare for the civics test?

How a permanent resident can lose his or her status

Securing your green card, which makes you a permanent resident of the United States, is a lengthy process. Once you have this clearance, you likely won't want to relinquish it anytime soon. If that's the case, you will want to know what can cause you to lose your green card status in Houston, Texas, so you can avoid any issues with it.

Should you decide to leave the United States to visit family abroad, go to school abroad, take a vacation or work abroad, you need to notify the country that it is only a temporary trip. If you fail to show that the trip is temporary, it can lead to you losing your permanent resident status.

Who is eligible for temporary protected status?

There are countries across the globe with citizens who are suffering from emergencies including natural disasters, civil wars and protracted unrest. In 1990, The U.S. Congress established temporary protected status (TPS) for migrants from countries in humanitarian crisis.

Over the last three decades, politicians from both sides of the aisle have supported TPS and allowed migrants to stay in the United States for eighteen months, which the government can renew at any time.

Frequently asked questions about immigration

Immigration has always been a hot topic in the news. There's no shortage of conversations about the topic, especially in the Houston, Texas, area. With that being said, let's take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about immigration so you know what to expect when faced with various family-based issues.

What documents are required when applying for a visa?

Are there tests I need to take to become a U.S. citizen?

When someone comes to the United States from another country, they do so using a work visa, a student visa or are sponsored by a family member. They can stay after their visa expires if they work towards becoming a naturalized citizen in Houston, Texas. This just doesn't happen overnight. The candidate for naturalization needs to complete some things first and might wonder, are there tests I need to take to become a citizen?

When the interview occurs, which is required to become a citizen, you will be asked questions about your background. That is not the naturalization test we are speaking about in this post. You will also be required to complete and pass two tests: an English test and a civics test. There is a way that you can avoid taking these tests and that is by qualifying for a waiver or exemption.

Rules for returning to the United States following deportation

Being deported from the United States can be an emotional time for people of any age. Even if you have followed all the rules, you might still have trouble getting back into the country. The reason for this is that you might not have left enough time between being deported and applying for re-entry to the country in Houston, Texas. Here's a look at the rules for returning to the country following deportation.

Most people deported from the country have to wait anywhere from five, 10 or 20 years before they can re-enter. Others might be permanently banned from re-entering the United States, depending on the reasons why they were deported in the first place.

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