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The immigration process is a very important part of the life of every immigrant. You need every bit of help and information you can get to ensure that you make the best decisions possible and obtain the best possible results.

We are committed to ensuring that you get all you need right at your fingertips. The immigration process can be tedious. But we have all you need to make the best of it right here.

We have got your back on issues concerning how you can become a U.S citizen to how you can obtain residency for your loved ones as well as protect them from deportation.

Citizenship and naturalization

The position of a citizen of the U.S is one of the most coveted in the world. In the U.S, citizenship is based on birth, blood and naturalization.

Citizenship by birth occurs when a child is born in the U.S. This sort of citizenship is automatic. There is no need to file any application here as the child becomes an automatic citizen. All that need be done is registration of the birth.

Citizenship by blood occurs when a child is born to a citizen of the U.S in any country of the world. In those circumstances, the parents of the child must be citizens of the U.S.

Citizenship by naturalization occurs after a person has lived in the U.S for a long period of time. If you fulfil the requirements of naturalization, you become a citizen immediately. There are several conditions that attach to it though.

Family-based immigration petition

The wonderful thing about citizenship of the U.S is that you can extend this citizenship to your loved ones. You can petition for them to immigrate to the U.S., using the family based immigration petition.

Among other conditions that you need to fulfil, you must be citizen before you can file this petition. You can only file the petition in respect of your immediate relatives or preferred family. Your immediate relatives include your spouse, unmarried children below the age of 21 and your parents.

Preferred family include brothers, sisters and married children above the age of 21. The petition here is usually called a “family preference petition”

You can also obtain a visa for your fiancé(e). However, the marriage between you and your fiancé(e) must be conducted within 90 days of their arrival in the U.S.

Deportation proceedings and bond hearings

Deportation always constitutes a very real threat for resident immigrants that have not yet obtained citizenship.

It is an often forceful removal of an individual from the territory of the U.S by the immigration authorities. It could be in respect of illegal entry into the U.S or failure to attain conditions of residency. It can also be in respect of doing some act that is a ground for deportation.

There are several things you can do when faced with deportation proceedings. If you have been detained, you can also fight to maintain your freedom while contesting your deportation.

Appeals to USCIS, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Federal Courts

Where the deportation proceedings have gone south on you, you can still appeal the decision of the administrative body or court.

You can appeal unfavourable decisions against you in respect of petitions for residency, re-entry visa and even a deportation order. You can also appeal any decision to refuse you bond while you contest your deportation.

These appeals could be to the USCIS’ Administrative Appeals Office, the Board of Immigration Appeals or the Federal Courts.

Avoiding immigration fraud

You must take special care to avoid immigration fraud. It could occur in two ways and both are very bad for your immigration prospects.

On one hand, it could refer to dishonest acts done by you because you want to scale through the immigration process. On the other hand, it could result in you being taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals that parade themselves as offering immigration services.

There are several things that you can pay attention to. These things can tell you when you are dealing with scammers. One of those things is solicitation of money. Be wary when money is asked or required of you especially in respect of documents that you can get online for free.

No matter what your immigration issue is, you can rest assured that you will find a solution here. If you want more detailed advice, be sure to contact an immigration lawyer.

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