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Category: US Citizenship

  • 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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  • USCIS Once Again Extends Flexibility for Responding to Agency Requests

    On September 24, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will once again be extending the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, USCIS announced it would give certain applicants, petitioners, and requestors more time to respond to […]
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  • It’s Not WHAT We Do That’s Memorable, It’s HOW We Do It

    I’ve been an immigration lawyer for 24 years. I’ve had thousands of clients over my career. Last week, a client from 2009 contacted me for her U.S. citizenship application. She currently lives in San Francisco and could’ve contacted hundred of qualified immigration lawyers. Today, a client from 2010 reached out to me about obtaining U.S. […]
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  • Supreme Court Issues Opinion Regarding Temporary Protected Status

    On June 7, 2021, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling and stated that certain individuals who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may not qualify for Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR). In Sanchez v. Mayorkas, the Court concluded that individuals who entered the US illegally and subsequently gained legal status through the TPS program are not […]
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  • DHS releases Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization

    On July 2, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the “Interagency Strategy for Promoting Naturalization”. This strategy was developed in response to President Biden’s Executive Order No. 14012, which required government agencies to work together to improve and promote naturalization in the United States. The purpose of this new strategy is to remove […]
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  • The Name Change Process for Naturalized Citizens

    The United States offers several different processes for people to legally change their name. There are different procedures that must be followed based on your citizenship or immigration status. In addition, many states have different rules governing name changes. For example, some US states do not even require native US citizens to file with the government […]
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  • What to do if you lost your Green Card but you’re eligible to Naturalize

    You’re approaching your fifth year as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and decide it may be time to apply for U.S. citizenship, but to your dismay, you realize your Green Card is expired, lost or stolen, or even expired and lost.  You are now wondering if you are still eligible to naturalize or if you […]
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  • Naturalization Based on Marriage to a U.S. Citizen

    Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) after meeting certain requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). The most common path to U.S. citizenship through naturalization is being an LPR for at least five years. However, there is a special provision in […]
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