Citizenship and Immigration

For many Americans, their U.S. citizenship issued at birth is something they dont think twice about. But for applying immigrants, citizenship is a serious goal.

Hopefully most American natural born citizens understand that citizenship is one of the most greatly desired gifts this countrys government can bestow on its citizens. For those of us who have not had to go through the process of becoming a U.S Citizen apart from being naturally born here, there is only one other way to become U.S. citizens and that is by the often times-lengthy process of what is known as “naturalization”.

Naturalization can often times be a complicated process so you should consult with an immigration lawyer rather than attempting this yourself. Even something as simple as travel within the country or state is something that a person needs to know the rules about and this is where an Immigration lawyer is needed so that you have someone to ask questions such as “How long does it take for USCIS to issue work permission and travel permission?” or “When should I renew my work and travel permission?”

Learning about your new country and its rights and the responsibilities that accompany citizenship is an important part of being a good citizen and at the USCIS and the Office of Citizenship they have developed a great amount of resources and a variety of educational materials that allow immigrants to learn more about U.S. history and government as they prepare for the naturalization test.

A final thought on the naturalization process; in addition to finding good counsel and being represented by an immigration lawyer, there are general requirements that the USCIS will look for by those who look to make our great country their home, to name just a few: good moral character, a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government, and favorable disposition toward the United States.

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On May 11, 2010, USCIS announced that it has redesigned the Permanent Resident Card-commonly known as the “Green Card.” The new state-of-the-art card incorporates several major new security features. The redesign was one of the latest ongoing efforts to prevent and deter immigration fraud. USCIS will now issue the new, secure format which prevents counterfeiting, and tampering, and makes it easier to quickly get accurate information.

The new format includes holographic images, laser engraved fingerprints, and high resolution micro-images which will make the card nearly impossible to reproduce. There will be a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) capability which will allow Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry to read the card from a distance and compare it immediately with file data. Also, a preprinted return address will help for an easy return of a lost card to USCIS.

In addition, to comport with its nickname, the permanent resident card will actually be colored green. USCIS will replace Green Cards as people apply for renewal or replacement. So, if you have a green card with the older design-you don’t need to get a replacement card. Your green card is still valid until the expiration date printed on the card.

FRONT OF CARD PREVIOUS NEW Optical Variable Ink – X

Holographic Image X X

Embedded Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) – X

Optical Variable Ink – X

Laser Engraved Fingerprint – X

Unique Background Design X X

BACK OF CARD

Tamper Resistant Border – X

Optical Media Stores, All Digital Files, Including Biometrics – X

Micro-image, High Resolution

Pictures of State Flags and U.S. Presidents X X

The Law Offices of N.M. Gehi, P.C. has three convenient locations in Queens, Long Island, New York, and provides comprehensive immigration and bankruptcy services to clients. Immigration Lawyers at Law Firm are experienced in dealing with complicated immigration cases, including H-1Bs, Labor Certifications, I-140s, I-485s, deportation proceedings, and family-based petitions…etc. Contact law firm @ 718-263-5999 for a free initial personal consultation.