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Immigrating to Virginia

Throughout the world many people live below what is recognized as the poverty level in America. US citizens have a yearly income three times higher than countries such as Mexico, China and India, who contribute the majority of new immigrants. People from these countries make less than the equivalent of ten thousand US dollars yearly. For many immigrants economic reasons are the main motivating factor for seeking US citizenship. Other immigrants want to rejoin their families who have previously immigrated. A small minority of immigrants come to the US seeking asylum from oppressive political regimes or natural devastation present in their homelands.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services require an immigrant to follow an outlined set of procedures to become naturalized. The process for those seeking asylum are different than the general immigrant. Millions enter the country as illegal immigrants annually. Persons with an illegal status in the US face the risk of deportation which can make them unable to immigrate in the future. If an immigrant wishes to become naturalized they must first get a visa for work or travel in the US.

There are a number of visas available depending on the reasons for visit or stay. Non-immigrant visas are given a time limit. Immigrant visas allow the individual to remain in the US for up to ten years but must be renewed if the person doesn’t gain citizenship. A person seeking naturalization must establish a presence in the US before they are considered for immigration. The time periods of residency are dependent upon the immigrant’s status and range from three to five years. Once the required time of residency has been established the immigrant can apply for citizenship.

After meeting the residency requirement, the immigrant must file an application with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The application process involves a personal interview with an agent of the USCIS. An appointment will be assigned to the applicant for the personal interview. The interview process determines the applicant’s ability to speak and comprehend English. The interview will also assess the background of the applicant. The immigrant must also have a health evaluation. Once the immigrant has passed the interview process they will be given a written and oral test which focuses on English comprehension and basic knowledge of American history and government. The immigrant must be able to understand written and spoken English. An applicant must pass this test before they can be naturalized. Passing the test means the immigrant can take the oath of citizenship and pledge allegiance to their new country.

The immigration process can be difficult and for many requires help. The assistance of a Virginia Immigration Lawyer will assure all the right steps to citizenship are being followed. For those who speak English as a second language,the language of law is hard to understand. Contact a Virginia Immigration Lawyer to be your voice in court. Being refused citizenship is a risk the immigrant faces without the aid of a Virginia Immigration Lawyer.