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New U-Visa Law

U-Visa LawIn early 2016 a new U-Visa Law became official which compels Law Enforcement officers to submit a certification of assistance. This means that in order for an official to follow through with a thorough investigation and a probable prosecution for a foreigner who has fallen victim of a crime will be eligible to apply for a U-visa.

No case will be successful if a major witness, who is an immigrant, needs to depart because they are living in the U.S. unlawfully or their immigration status is expiring.

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H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2017

H-1B VisaH-1B applications will be accepted by USCIS as of April 1, 2016 for the fiscal year 2017. The H-1B visa program is used by U.S. businesses hiring immigrant workers in professions that demand a high level of specialized knowledge in disciplines such as computer programming, engineering and science.

The cap for H-1B visas for the Fiscal Year 2017 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B applications submitted from individuals who possess a Master’s degree or higher are excluded from the 65,000 cap.

USCIS has a unique system that alerts officers when they have received over 65,000 petitions within the first 5 business days. The department has control of the number of petitions submitted and publicizes when the H-1B cap has been topped.

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Crucial Steps in Obtaining Naturalization

NaturalizationReceiving your naturalization certificate will require more than having to wait a long period of time. Besides filling out applications, submitting documents and waiting for an approval, there is one very important last step.

That is taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America. Afterwards you will receive the long awaited naturalization certification.

Be sure that before you participate in the oath ceremony or you will disqualify yourself from getting your U.S. citizenship.

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How an Arrest & Dismissal Affects your Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship?

Arrest and DismissalEvery time a legal permanent resident faces U.S. law enforcement, it affects his or her eligibility for U.S. citizenship and makes him/her deportable from the U.S.

Thankfully, a court dismissal may lessen the risk of facing conflict with immigration because there is no reason to pursue the matter any further. However this does not conclude the end of your investigation.

The Key to Obtaining U.S. Citizenship After an Arrest and Dismissal

Proving to immigration officers that you are not a criminal is your objective. You must provide strong evidence of good moral character.

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Polygamy or Bigamy Can Affect your U.S. Citizenship Application

PolygamyPolygamy and Bigamy, are known as crimes in the eyes of the U.S. immigration law. Any polygamist or bigamist applying for U.S. citizenship will be denied, and deported.

Many believe that polygamy and bigamy are the same. USCIS is not using the word polygamy in their Form N-400 anymore and it has been confusing applicants. The question now asked in the form is, “Have you ever been married to more than one person at the same time?”

In previous cases when asked the question “Have you ever been married to more than one person at the same time?” Several immigrants have answered, “No”. Others have answered, “Yes” and have explained that in their country it is legal to marry more than one person.

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When does an Order of Removal End?

If you have not obtained any benefits from the U.S. government during your deportation or removal proceedings in the presence of an immigration judge in a U.S. immigration court then you are most likely going to be forcibly removed from the country.

Order of RemovalFailure to attend a scheduled court hearing can end in an order of deportation by an Immigration Judge in your absence.

Although Immigrations and Customs Enforcement may be adamant about having you deported as soon as possible they should not enforce an order of removal against you until it has been finalized by an immigration judge, because such a decision is dependent on the circumstance of a case.

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The Benefits of a Witness

Immigration LawFacing a removal hearing in an immigration court can be very challenging. Having all the relevant supporting documents may not be enough to convince an immigration judge.

Bringing a witness to court to testify for you could help strengthen your case, but it can also have its downsides.

A Credible Witness

Every element of a credible witness is taken into consideration by immigration officials handling your case. Before taking a witness you must prepare him or her. A professional immigration attorney can help you and your witness prepare for battle in the courtroom.

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