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Immigrating to Texas

People from nations the world over hope to immigrate to the US. They are in search of a change in their lives, looking for better economic opportunities. Some who wish to immigrate are seeking political asylum from political and social injustices they encounter in their native countries. The immigration policies of the United States became more liberal in the late 1960’s, since that time the amount of legal immigrations has quadrupled. The United States has accepted more immigrants than all other countries combined since 2006. Countries with the most immigrating individuals are Mexico, India and China.

Every year the influx of legal and illegal immigrants grows. There is controversy centered on non-naturalized citizens who strain social services without contributing monetarily. The overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants are from Mexico and Latin America due to the 2000 mile border shared with Mexico. Despite the strain on social services, immigrants will contribute over 180 billion dollars to the gross national product over the next ten years. This growth can be attributed to the legalization of low-skilled illegal workers. Allowing these workers citizenship would benefit the economy by collecting taxes on earned wages. Immigrants are vital to the population and economic growth.

Becoming a naturalized citizen has stringent requirements. A person pursing citizenship must first apply for a visa. There are a variety of visas available to the immigrant dependent upon their personal needs. A person seeking citizenship must establish a continuous presence in the US for three to five years according to individual circumstances. Possession of a visa allows the immigrant to establish residency in the US for the required time period. During this period the immigrant can legally live and work in the US.

After establishing residency, the first step to citizenship is filling out the US naturalization application with the office of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. After the application is approved the potential immigrant will be assigned an appointment to have an interview with a USCIS agent to determine background. The interview also evaluates the immigrant’s ability to understand English which is necessary to work in the US. A potential applicant must also have a health assessment called a biometrics test.

Once the interview phase has been completed the immigrant must take the naturalization test. The citizenship test evaluates the immigrant’s written and spoken English comprehension along with a basic knowledge of American history and government. Passing the naturalization test means the immigrant can be sworn in as a citizen.

The immigration process is complex. Although there are many informative resources available, individuals will need the support of a Texas Immigration Lawyer to pilot the process. Understanding the law is difficult for native English speakers but is even more problematic if English is your second language. With the help of a Texas Immigration Lawyer, interpreting the immigration laws is no longer difficult. When trying to gain citizenship for yourself or a family member, hiring a Texas Immigration Lawyer is essential for the immigrant.