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Category: US Citizenship

  • USCIS Announces New Online Filing Procedures for DACA Renewals

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that individuals who have previously applied for and received deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are now able to file their Form I-821D online. Form I-821D is known as the “Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” form.  Currently, this new filing online option […]
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  • Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship After Birth

    From USCIS Policy Manual (Chapter 4: Automatic Acquisition of Citizenship After Birth): The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (CCA) amended INA 320 and removed INA 321 to create only one statutory provision and method for children in the United States to automatically acquire citizenship after birth. According to INA 320, a child born outside of […]
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  • U.S. Citizens Can File Form I-130 Petitions on Behalf of Afghan, Ethiopian, and Ukrainian Immediate Relatives Fleeing Conflict

    According to the U.S. Department of State, if you are a U.S. citizen who is physically present overseas with immediate family members from Ukraine, Ethiopia, or Afghanistan, you may request to locally file a Form I-130 petition at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate that can process immigrant visas. This new ruling applies only to […]
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  • Client Approval: Naturalization

    Citizenship/naturalization is a permanent benefit with many privileges, including worry-free travel and the ability to participate in the U.S. electoral process. The Form N-400, Naturalization Application is currently 20 pages long, and consists of complex biographic and travel questions. It is imperative that all information is accurately and properly completed to prevent delays in processing […]
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  • Summary of President Biden’s Immigration Policy Changes in 2021

    It’s been a little over a year since Joe Biden took office as the 46th President of the United States of America. President Biden ran his campaign on an agenda of undoing the previous Trump administration’s policies across the board. One hot-button issue in the election cycle was that of immigration. President Biden made quite […]
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  • U.S. Passports Boast New Look & Enhanced Security Features

    The United States government recently introduced a new passport called the Next Generation Passport (NGP) that will not only look different than older passports, but it also has some new unique features to boost safety for travelers.  Physically, the NGP will be much different from older versions of passports in a variety of ways. Some […]
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  • Congratulations, You’re a U.S. Citizen!

    Citizenship/naturalization is a permanent benefit with many privileges, including worry-free travel and the ability to participate in the US electoral process. The Form N-400, Naturalization Application is currently 20 pages long, and consists of complex biographic and travel questions. It is imperative that all information is accurately and properly completed to prevent delays in processing […]
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  • What do I need to do after becoming a U.S. citizen?

    Becoming a U.S. citizen is a huge milestone in any immigrant’s life, it’s what many work towards since stepping foot in the United States. Although the largest hurdle has been surpassed, there are still items that one must file after attaining the coveted citizenship status. Below are some of the most important actions one can […]
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  • Crossing the Border: Derivative Citizenship

    Citizenship given to children under the naturalization of parents is referred to as “derivative citizenship” or “citizenship through derivation.” In certain circumstances, derivative citizenship can also be conveyed to foreign-born children adopted by U.S. citizen parents. Watch the video below for more and, if you have any questions, contact Berardi Immigration Law today.
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  • Citizenship Application Backlog More than Doubles from 2015 to 2020

    According to a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GOA), the backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens has more than doubled between 2015 and 2020. The report found that the USCIS backlog increased 85% from fiscal years 2015 through 2020. USCIS cited the COVID-19 pandemic, changes in the application process, and staffing […]
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