Category Archives: Citizenship

Path to Citizenship: Do I qualify for a Green Card?

One of the most popular questions that we get as immigration attorneys is: “How do I become a citizen?” Many clients ask this question with the expectation of a simple two or three step process. The reality is that not … Continue reading

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Path to Citizenship: Can I adjust my non-immigrant status?

A non-immigrant visa is issued to an applicant when he or she has demonstrated that he/she qualifies for the visa. Depending on the type of visa issued (student, visitor, H1-B worker, other temporary/seasonal workers etc.), there are some options to … Continue reading

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Global Entry Program: line bypass for international travel

Recently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has introduced a program allowing pre-approved travelers to go through an expedited clearance process when travelling back into the United States. The program was intended to assist frequent international travelers save time while … Continue reading

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Naturalization/Green Card Affirmation

Business owners, officers and managers have to show proof of citizenship or permanent residency. In addition to a copy of a legible copy of a naturalization certificate or green card the applicant should also an attorney’s affirmation stating the copy … Continue reading

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Citizenship Requirements for SLA Annual Permits

New York Alcohol and Beverage Control law prohibits the traffic in alcoholic beverages to all except citizens of the United States or a reciprocal treaty country. This restriction applies only to those annual permits which authorize traffic in alcoholic beverages. … Continue reading

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Citizenship Requirements for NYS Alcohol License Applicants

Often the ownership of stock of the corporation by non-citizens is a bar to approval of an application for a liquor license. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law provides that a corporation may be licensed to sell alcohol if each of … Continue reading

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Demystifying U.S. Immigration: Citizenship through children

“Anchor babies” is a term that refers to children born in the U.S. with at least one parent who resides in the U.S. illegally. Federal laws grant citizenship to the child automatically and let the child sponsor his parents for … Continue reading

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Demystifying U.S. Immigration: Citizenship through marriage

Marrying a U.S. citizen is not a guarantee of permanent residency or citizenship. Marriage does not automatically transfer to permission to enter and reside in the U.S. After marriage, the U.S. citizenship spouse must petition for residency on behalf of … Continue reading

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Demystifying U.S. Immigration: Obstacles to the process

Critics reasonably argue that aliens need to apply for permission to enter the U.S. and wait their turn for approval. This argument is good in theory, but it does not point to the limitations imposed on aliens and their dependents … Continue reading

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Demystifying U.S. Immigration

Anyone who has had to deal with the U.S. immigration system understands that it is practically incomprehensible and far from perfect. Because immigration is such a hot topic in social, political and religious debate, it is hard to determine the … Continue reading

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