What is the Difference Between Permanent Residency and Naturalization?

The immigration system can be incredibly complicated at times, and one particular point of confusion for many people is the difference between permanent residency and naturalization. However, the legal distinction is extremely important, and can have a significant impact on the potential consequences you may face if you ever find yourself in legal trouble. So what is the difference between being a permanent resident, and being a naturalized citizen?

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DHS Announces TPS Registration for Citizens of Ukraine and Sudan

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the registration process to allow citizens of Ukraine and Sudan currently in the United States to register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The registration for this process began on April 19, 2022, and applies to anyone from Ukraine that has lived continuously in the U.S. since at least April 11, 2022, as well as anyone from Sudan who has lived in the U.S. since March 1, 2022. People who want to benefit from TPS must file an application, and do not receive its protections automatically.

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Proposed Asylum Rule Could Reduce Massive Case Backlog

To help address a years-long backlog on asylum claims, the Biden Administration has formally proposed a rule that would potentially transform the current asylum system. The new asylum rule, if adopted, would substantially speed up the process of applying for asylum, by allowing asylum officers to adjudicate asylum applications without needing to go before an immigration judge. This could take asylum applicants out of the system, allowing asylees to get the protections they need much faster.

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US Prepares to Welcome 100,000 Refugees From Ukraine

President Biden has announced that the United States will be accepting up to 100,000 refugees from Ukraine to assist with the humanitarian crisis going on in the country. The Biden Administration has also said that it is examining various legal pathways that could be offered for Ukrainians to help them get legal status in the United States. The announcement comes as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, and increasingly civilians are displaced by combat.

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The Dangers of Driving While Sleep-Deprived

Daylight Savings Time is here once again, forcing everyone to adjust their sleep schedules and readjust to longer days. Unfortunately, with it comes a predictable increase in motor vehicle accidents due to sleep-deprived drivers. But what is it about sleep-deprived people that makes them so dangerous on the road?

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Ukrainian Citizens in US Granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it will be granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to any Ukrainian citizens who were living inside the United States as of March 1, 2022. This will help to protect Ukrainians who may fear returning to their home country while it is embroiled in warfare against the Russian Federation. However, to benefit from this TPS declaration, Ukrainians living in the US will need to apply for its protections.

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USCIS Begins 2023 H-1B Visa Lottery Starting March 1

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to accept applications for the H-1B visa lottery for FY 2023. The lottery will run until March 18, 2022, during which time people will be able to apply for H-1B visas through USCIS’s online registration system. Anyone selected for this lottery will then be able to go forward with the process of getting H-1B visas, allowing them to legally come to the United States and work.

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Seven Common Mistakes That Lead to Premises Liability Accidents

Premises liability accidents are any type of accident that occurs when someone is injured on someone else’s property due to the negligence of the property owner. These injuries, while often dismissed as minor, can potentially have severe repercussions for anyone who suffers them. Here are seven common mistakes that property owners make that can lead to premises liability accidents:

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Afghan Refugees Struggle to Navigate American Immigration System

When the United States finished pulling its forces out of Afghanistan at the end of August 2021, it left many Afghan citizens afraid of what might happen with the American military no longer there to protect them. This led to a flood of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees, many of whom sought refuge in the United States. However, after coming to America, they have found themselves mired in bureaucracy, struggling to obtain the legal status they need to remain in the country.

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DOJ Defends Asylum Seeker Expulsions Under Public Health Order

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has attracted criticism for defending a controversial 2020 executive order that prohibited some asylum seekers from being able to enter the country. This policy, which was implemented during the early stages of the COVID-19 epidemic, was put into place allegedly to prevent the spread of the disease, but critics say it has been harmful to asylum seekers. In a recent court case, the DOJ has defended the policy, arguing that it remains necessary to limit the spread of infection in immigration facilities. Continue reading “DOJ Defends Asylum Seeker Expulsions Under Public Health Order”

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Permanent Residence Permanent Residence “Green Card”
We can help you get permanent residency (green card) through family-based immigrant visas and employment-based immigrant visas.
Deportation Deportation/Removal
We defend individuals who have been placed in removal/deportation proceedings.
Non-Immigrant Visas Non-Immigrant Visas
We help clients determine which visa category is right for them and assist them with the petition and visa processing.
Naturalization Naturalization (Citizenship)
We help clients in every step of the Naturalization process. From preparing to file, to the post-interview follow-ups, we provide clients with our legal services.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DREAMers”)
We have successfully handled hundreds of deferred action cases for “DREAMers” and continue to assist the next generation of young Americans.
Personal Injury Personal Injury
We represent clients who have been injured in auto accidents, premises liability (slip/trip and fall) cases, negligent supervision cases, dog bite cases, and construction accidents.
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We represent clients who are involved in court cases in a variety of matters such as family law, uncontested divorce, adoption, criminal defense, personal injury defense, and general litigation.

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