Posted on February 28th, 2011
This past weekend, 4,039 people became citizens of the United States of America at Fairplex Exhibition Hall in Southern California. Judge Virginia Phillips presided over the process. Over the past year, almost 66,000 people living as permanent residents of the U.S. have officially become citizens in the Southern California seven-country district including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
The new citizens were informed after the ceremony that they were now able to obtain a passport and register to vote. In addition, they were informed that they must surrender their green cards granting them permanent residency and update their Social Security status.
Out of the group to become citizens, 962 were originally from Mexico, 460 were from the Philippines, 260 were from Vietnam, 205 were from China and 203 came to the U.S. from Iran. At the end of the ceremony, the group watched a video-recorded message from President Obama telling them, “This is officially your country. Always remember, no dream in America is impossible.”
If you or someone you know would like to apply to become a citizen of the United States, contact the Orange County naturalization lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to set up an appointment to discuss naturalization in Orange County with an experienced immigration attorney.
Posted on February 21st, 2011
In a poll of Americans likely to vote conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 57 percent of participants said that they felt federal government officials encourage illegal immigration. 21 percent of participants said that they felt government officials did not encourage immigration and 22 percent said that they were unsure.
The survey included 1,000 people who consider themselves likely to vote. Participants were relatively split in opinion regarding whether or not the federal government or states should have control over immigration. 47 percent of participants said that immigration should be handled by the federal government, while 44 percent said they felt state’s should enforce immigration laws.
To discuss filing an immigration petition with an experienced immigration attorney, contact the Orange County immigration petitions lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 today.
Posted on February 14th, 2011
This week, officials from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Services announced that they will be issuing new government identification cards to immigrants awaiting their green cards. The I.D. card will serve as both a work permit and a sort of passport to let immigrants in and out of the country.
Cards will be issued to individuals who have paid the $1,070 fee and filed paperwork to become a permanent resident of the United States but have not yet received a decision. I.D. cards will have a fingerprint and photograph of the individual. People with the new cards are only able to leave and renter the country if all their paperwork has been completed properly.
Officials believe the new temporary form of identification for immigrants will speed up the process of obtaining a green card.
If you or someone you know is looking to become a permanent resident of the United States by applying for a green card, contact the Orange County green card attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 to speak with an experienced immigration lawyer.
Posted on February 9th, 2011
According to The New York Times, more and more frequently patients in the United States waiting for organ donations have been delayed by the red tape surrounding obtaining a visa. Doctors and others in the medical community say that the wait for organ donors living in another country to get a visitor visa have increased since restrictions on visas were tightened after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“When patients need a transplant, most of the time, the first people they turn to is their families. It becomes complicated when their families are not in the U.S., which in a lot of instances, that is the case,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo, Director of the Hispanic Transplant Program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
In cases like these, an organ donor that is not a U.S. citizen and is living out of the country needs to obtain a B-1 or B-2 visa. These visas are more commonly referred to as visitor or tourist visas. When applying for the visa, if there is a medical situation, an individual can request that the visa be expedited.
If you or someone you know needs assistance obtaining a visitor visa, contact the Orange County visitor visa attorneys of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 and set up an appointment to speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers today.
Posted on February 1st, 2011
According to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington, the number of illegal immigrants living in the United States stayed about the same in 2010 as in 2009. Their recent report states that approximately 11.2 million illegal immigrants are currently living in the U.S..
In addition, the total number of illegal immigrants in the American workforce stayed about the same at 8 million. The Pew Report says that 58 percent of illegal immigrants emigrated from Mexico and 81 percent of illegal immigrants are from Mexico or other Latin American countries.
Also unchanged, about 350,000 babies with at least one illegal parent were born in the United States in 2010. Overall, there are about 4.5 million U.S. citizens with at least one parent that is an illegal immigrant.
Contact the Orange County naturalization lawyers of Garg & Associates P.C. at 949-540-6704 if you or someone you love is interested in becoming a citizen of the United States of America.