United States immigration: How to go about it

By: College ParkHigh | Posted: 20th July 2010

The United States of America is undoubtedly one of the most stringent countries in terms of immigration laws across the world. The body of law that handles all United States immigration cases is the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). The major reason for such strictness is that due to the immense amount of professional opportunities and increasing globalization in the Americas, the process has been made longer and more tedious, which almost necessitates the requirement of an immigration lawyer. Following is a guide on how to hire the right one.

The first consideration is going to be the fact that the lawyer you are looking forward to hiring must have a good reputation with the 'bar' of the United States, as well as be allowed to practice law in the state. Next, you need to verify the validity of his attorney licensing document. He must also never have been suspended or expelled from practice, which is certainly a red flag and can be a possibility even if he has a healthy reputation.

After selecting your lawyer, another vital aspect of United States immigration is the naturalization procedure, which can be applied for once the immigrant has received a permanent resident status. Following are the requirements of the same:

1.The applicant must be 18 years or more in age.
2.The applicant must have permanent resident status and at least 5 consecutive years of residency in the USA, 3 of which must be in a single state.
3.The applicant needs to be having knowledge of US history, government and civic principles.
4.A Certificate of Naturalization is also necessary.
5.A citizenship test is required for the proceedings to be completed properly. This is basically a civic test that is given by a Citizenship and Immigration Officer in the oral manner. The questions for the same are taken from a specified questionnaire, but the officer might also ask something out of the same.

Once a person has fulfilled all of the above requirements, he is set to complete the United States immigration procedure and become a US citizen.

About The Author : College ParkHigh is a retired immigration professional having an experience of more than 30 years in the industry. These days, he runs his own consultancy firm and writes to guide people towards the right path to migrate to the US, United States immigration.
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