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Immigrating to Maine

The world is full of people who live far below the high standards of living that the citizens of western nations experience. A person in the US averages three times more income than people from countries where the largest number of immigrants originate. The American Dream, the belief that through diligent work and effort of will any American citizen can realize a better life, attracts millions of immigrants. The liberties granted to US citizens by the constitution, also appeals to individuals worldwide especially refugees who face persecution and fear for their personal safety. Refugees make up a small percentage of new immigrants. Most individuals come to the US in search of economic improvements while others want to join their families.

To work in the US one doesn’t have to become a citizen but must leave once their visas have expired. Some individuals with expired visas stay in the US illegally. Rough estimates calculate that half of the immigrants present in the US are here illegally. Those immigrants that stay in the US illegally risk deportation which jeopardizes future chances of naturalization. The US government prefers an immigrant become naturalized citizens. Illegal immigration stresses the social service programs.To keep up with demands the federal government increases the allowable amount of naturalized immigrants annually.

Becoming a naturalized citizen is a long process. To have an allowable presence in the US, an immigrant must first attain a visa. There are a various visas available are dependent upon the needs of each immigrant. A visa gives the immigrant permission to reside and work inside the US. Before an immigrant can apply for citizenship, they must be present in the US for anywhere between two and half years to five years; the period is dictated by individual circumstances.

When residency has been established, the immigrant can fill out an application for citizenship with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Upon application approval the candidate will be assigned a personal interview. The interview gauges the immigrants English speaking and comprehension skills. The test also gathers background information to determine the applicant’s eligibility. Once the interview has been conducted the applicant will be asked to take a verbal and written exam. The exam evaluates the immigrant’s spoken and written English along with a basic knowledge of American history and culture. If the applicant passes the test they will be granted citizenship. The newly naturalized immigrant will be able to be confirmed in as a US citizen.

Becoming a citizen is a proud moment for immigrants who worked diligently. Realizing the dream to become an American citizen is a long road for the immigrant. Enlisting the assistance of a Maine immigration lawyer assures the journey will be a smooth one.The many challenges placed before immigrants while they endeavor to become citizens can be minimized by the service of a Maine immigration lawyer. Denial of citizenship is a possibility that all immigrants face. With the aid of a Maine immigration lawyer the immigrant’s chances of denial are significantly reduced.