Archive for the ‘Citizenship’ Category

Government Must Provide Copies of an Immigrant’s A-file in Removal Proceedings

Dent v. Holder (9th Cir. 2010)  Sometimes a case comes along with a decision so obvious and sensible that you wonder why the issue had not been decided the same way earlier.  Dent v. Holder is such a case.  Here, the Ninth Circuit found that an alien in removal proceedings has a right to a […]

BIA Accepts More Reasonable Method of Establishing Nationality for American Corporations

Matter of Chawathe (BIA  2010) Because the issued involved in citizenship cases are so straightforward, they rarely get appealed.  When it does happen, however, the lessons which emerge can be useful.  Matter of Cahwathe involved an employee of ChevronTexaco who had applied for naturalization.  In order to qualify for naturalization, he must establish, among other […]

Naturalization Applicants May Have Their Case Decided by Federal Court

Bustamante v. Napolitano (2nd Cir. 2009) Applying for naturalization is one of the last steps an immigrant to the United States may take before he completes his journey of becoming a U.S. citizen.  After he becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen, he is free from the jurisdiction of USCIS.  No more applying for green card extensions […]

USCIS Unveils New Website Design

On Tuesday, DHS Secretary Napolitano unveiled a redesigned USCIS website.  I think the site does look better and is easier to navigate.  The changes are not just cosmetic, though, because the site now includes tools and apps which allows you to track the status of your citizenship application, update your immigration records, and access forms.  There is also a Spanish language version of the site.  One […]

How Tough is the U.S. Citizenship Test?

Are you smarter than a high school student?  In a recent study, the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs discovered that only 2.8% of Oklahoma high school students could pass the basic citizenship test administered by USCIS.  Shockingly, 77% could not identify America’s first president.   That means the average naturalized citizen probably understands more about U.S. civics than the vast majority of high […]

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