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Did you know that new U.S. Citizens will be welcomed this week in honor of Presidents Day?

Did you know that new U.S. Citizens will be welcomed this week in honor of Presidents Day?

By: Robert Mansen

In honor of Presidents Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will welcome approximately 17,800 new citizens during 148 naturalization ceremonies taking place throughout the U.S. this week.  Lori Scialabba, Acting Director for the USCIS, stated that “It is special for our newest citizens to take their Oaths of Allegiance as we celebrate Presidents Day.  Our newest citizens will help shape our nation’s future.  Through the contributions they make, and by choosing to naturalize, they reinforce America’s unique heritage as a nation of immigrants.”[1]

While it is a tremendously important goal of many immigrants to attain citizenship, the path to citizenship often begins with obtaining lawful permanent residence (also known as a “green card”).  To obtain a green card, an intending immigrant must have a basis for eligibility.  Some categories for eligibility include family-based immigration and employment-based immigration, among others.  Subject to certain requirements, the holder of a green card can eventually apply for naturalization (for citizenship).

You should consult an attorney to determine which path is best for you, or someone you know, to obtain a green card and/or citizenship.  There are many things you should be aware of, including the different options which may be available, the potential consequences, and the numerous benefits of being a green card holder or citizen.



[1] See http://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-welcome-17800-new-us-citizens-during-presidents-day-naturalization-ceremonies.

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