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Immigrating to Louisiana

There are some in this world who live without even the basic comforts people in the US sometimes take advantage for granted. For some safe drinking water and food are hard to come by. Others live in countries where they fear for their safety and have no personal freedoms. Immigrants come to the US searching for freedoms that don’t exist in their native countries. Most immigrants state economics as their primary reason for seeking US citizenship. Some want to be united with family members who have previously immigrated. Millions of immigrants enter the US annually.

Of the millions who come to the US to earn better wages, many will seek citizenship, others will remain here illegally. Illegal immigration has become a serious issue. Because illegal immigration affects the citizens of the US and burdens social services, the federal government has liberalized the legal immigration system. The amount of people allowed naturalization increases every year. Illegal immigrants not only face deportation but cannot enjoy the full benefits of citizenship. Deportation can also cause future immigration impossible. Those individuals who become naturalized become eligible for the full benefits enjoyed by American citizens.

The progressionto naturalization for the immigrant can be long. There are many different criteria that must be met. An immigrant must first acquire a visa which states their intentions. A visa allows the immigrant long term residency within the US. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services requires those who are looking to be citizens have a presence in the US from two and half years to five years, depending on immigration status. With residency recognized the immigrant can begin the process of naturalization.

To become a citizen an immigrant must first file an application with the USCIS. Upon approval of the naturalization application an appointment for a personal interview with a USCIS representative will be assigned to the applicant. The interview is necessary to gauge the applicant’s ability to speak English and check the personal history. Capability to speak and understand English is paramount in being granted citizenship. A person who cannot speak English may not be able to properly assimilate into the workforce and culture. If the candidate qualifies during the interview process then they must take an assessment test.

The assessment test appraises the applicant’s ability to understand written and spoken English. A rudimentary knowledge of American history and culture is necessary to pass the testing portion of naturalization. Having passed the citizenship test the individual can be sworn in as a citizen. The immigrant must pledge their allegiance to the US.

With so much time and energy expended on gaining citizenship,the immigrant may not want to risk denial. The employ of a Louisiana immigration lawyer can assure you success in immigration court. The naturalization process can be complex to the lay person but professional Louisiana immigration lawyers are trained to guide the immigrant through the system. With your future at stake the employ of a Louisiana immigration lawyer is essential.