Rights & Responsibilities of Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs)

Lately, my clients who have recently been granted Lawful Permanent Resident status, have been asking questions about what it means to be a US Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). As a result, I wanted to shed light on what being an LPR means, and, more importantly, what is does not mean. Here are my top five rights and responsibilities of being an LPR. LPR status can be revoked and certain criminal convictions may Read More

Failure to Register with Selective Service Can Hurt Your US Citizenship Application

Failure to Register with Selective Service Can Hurt Your US Citizenship Application If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25, among the documents you may need to provide, as you make your way through the immigration process, is proof you registered with the US Selective Service. Many young men who encounter this requirement are puzzled or concerned about it. We are here to help you understand it and to calm Read More

Obtaining Citizenship Through Naturalization: An Overview

Obtaining US citizenship is an important goal in many people’s lives. There are many advantages to becoming a citizen, including that you don’t need to worry about immigration issues any longer and you can enjoy all the benefits offered to citizens. If you are interested in becoming a citizen of the US, you need to go through the naturalization process. This process can take some time and requires you to follow a Read More

Happy Constitution & Citizenship Day (and Week)!

That's right: today is Constitution and Citizenship Day (and week)!  On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed but it wasn't  until June 21, 1788, that is became effective, when the Constitution was ratified by nine of the then-existing 13 states.  Our Constitution created the framework for the then-unique three, co-equal branches of government, which was a great departure from the system in place in Read More

Valuing US Citizenship

A little over a month ago, I asked my paralegal intern if she wanted to attend an oath ceremony for those becoming U.S. citizens.  She did and afterward, she shared with me her thoughts.  I asked her to write them down so she could share them with you. As a natural born citizen of the United States, I often take for granted the rights and benefits afforded to me as a result of my citizenship. This became painfully Read More