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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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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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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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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Supreme Court to Rule on Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants

The United States Supreme Court has heard arguments in two cases involving immigrants that have been detained without a bail hearing for prolonged periods of time. The Court is weighing in on whether or not such prolonged detentions without a hearing are legal, and whether these immigrants are entitled to a hearing. While the arguments concern these two cases specifically, the Court’s ruling could impact thousands of immigrants currently being detained by American immigration authorities.

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Case Quotas Policy Ended by Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that a “case quota” policy, put into place during the previous presidential administration, has been rescinded. This policy forced judges to dispose of cases much more quickly than they might have wanted, potentially leading to unjust outcomes. With the case quotas policy rescinded, judges are now less pressured to give final judgments on cases that may deserve closer scrutiny, helping to protect immigrants from potential injustice.

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DHS Announces New Guidelines for Immigration Enforcement

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, has announced new standards for the enforcement of immigration law in the United States.  These new standards will focus the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that it takes into account the totality of an immigrant’s circumstances when deciding whether to take an enforcement action against them. These new standards will go into effect on November 29, 2021.

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CDC Requires COVID-19 Vaccinations for Immigration Applicants

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a new rule that will require anyone seeking permanent residency status or any immigrant visa to be fully vaccinated. This new rule is set to go into effect as of October 1, 2021, and will apply to both people currently living in the United States as well as anyone applying for an immigrant visa abroad. This new rule is aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus, which continues to be a serious public health issue across the world.

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DOJ and DHS Propose New Rule to Improve Asylum Process

In a new proposed rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Biden Administration has announced that it will be looking to change the procedure for adjudicating asylum claims. This new rule would, in theory, make it much easier for asylum applicants to receive legal immigration status, speeding up their cases within the immigration system. It would also grant parole to asylum applicants much more often, allowing them to live legally in the United States outside of a detention facility. Continue reading “DOJ and DHS Propose New Rule to Improve Asylum Process”

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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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