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Immigrating to Minnesota

The United States was born out of the principles that every person has the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness as outlined by the Declaration of Independence. To assure that the personal liberties were upheld, the Constitution was instituted. The settlers of the United States were all immigrants and they came for economic opportunity, the freedom of religion and input into how they were governed. The free market economy combined with self-governing allows the US to amass great wealth. Modern day immigrants are still drawn to the US by the same reasons as America’s original settlers.

The liberal policies of US concerning immigration allow millions of foreign born individuals to reside and work within the states. More people are allowed to immigrate to the US than any other nation on the earth. Two-thirds of immigrants seeking naturalization state that reuniting with family is their primary motive. More economic opportunities draw another large percentage of immigrants. Those who immigrate to the US seeking asylum make up only one-tenth of newly naturalized citizens. The majority of economic immigrants remain in the US illegally, who risk deportation and cannot fully reap the benefits granted to US citizens. Those who are willing can become citizens and are able to participate in the democratic process.

The process of attaining US citizenship begins with obtaining a visa. Various visas are available depending on the intentions of the immigrant. Visas are a requirement for people to work and live in the US. Eligibility to apply for citizenship requires the immigrant maintain a residency in the US for periods that range between three to five years. The required period is determined by the immigrant’s individual status.After the residency requirement has been fulfilled the immigrant must file an application for citizenship through the office of US Citizen and Immigration Services.

The USCIS will review the application and give the immigrant an appointment for a personal interview with an agent. The personal interview gathers information about the individual’s background and ability to speak English. Completion of the interview portion means the immigrant can take the naturalization test. The naturalization exam evaluates the basic knowledge of American history and government. The exam also tests the immigrant’s capacity to comprehend written and spoken English. The applicant must also submit to a health assessment, called biometrics. Having certain diseases keeps an immigrant from being eligible for naturalization. Once all screening and the exam is complete the immigrant can take the oath of allegiance to the United States.

Whatever the reasons, applying for US citizenship has many requirements that aren’t always understandable to the immigrant. Aid of a Minnesota Immigration Lawyer makes the process of naturalization easier to comprehend. The majority of immigrants speak little English. Even for people who English is their native language, ascertaining the semantics of the law can be difficult. A Minnesota Immigration Lawyer will assist the immigrant in understanding the language of immigration laws. Professional experience in court makes a Minnesota Immigration Lawyer indispensible for the immigrant with aspirations of becoming a citizen.