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NEWYEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Getting Your Immigration Status in Order
We’re a month into the new year, and if you haven’t gotten your immigration status or permit in order, now is the time. I see a lot of people detained at the end of the year because of a lack of planning and preparation for getting their residency in the U.S. Luckily, detainment can be prevented — the earlier you get your status or permit in order, the sooner you can feel at ease. One way you can apply for your U.S. citizenship is through naturalization, which is the legal process through which a non-citizen is integrated into a country. To qualify for naturalization, there are several steps you need to take. First, you need to fill out the Form N-400 — the Application for Naturalization — then take the naturalization test. You can qualify for naturalization either through continuous residence or physical presence. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states that to qualify for continuous residence, a non-citizen must live in the U.S. for five years before applying, or for three years if they are married to a citizen. Physical presence requires a non-citizen to be physically present within the U.S. for 30 months in a five-year period, or for 18 months in a three-year period if married to a citizen. Non-citizens must provide evidence of either a continuous residence or a physical presence along with proof that they had immediate residence three months before completing Form N-400.
this particular form, it’s only one step in a long process. There are tests involved — and plenty of other forms and documents you need to finalize — in order to complete the process. The more you prepare yourself for what lies ahead, the easier the process will be, and the more confident you will feel. Not too long ago, I achieved my own goal of getting my Mexican residency. It was a long process involving a lot of planning, preparation, and paperwork, but it was worth the time and effort. Receiving my Mexican residency was very important to me, even though I don’t technically need it. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and in the end, it took a little over a year to accomplish. It’s important for you, if you’re a non-citizen, to know that you need help to get your residency. I’ve encountered many people who think they can go through this process on their own, but it can be incredibly difficult and complicated when you don’t completely understand it. It is far easier to spend money on a lawyer who does everything in his power, ensuring all the paperwork and documents you need are available and properly filled out. When I was working toward my Mexican residency, I hired an attorney — even though I am one — to help me through the process. Make it your New Year’s resolution in 2019 to get your immigration status in order. If you need help or are unsure of how to start the process, contact our offices. All of us at Cuprys & Associates are here to help guide you through this complicated process and ensure that you receive what you need to get your citizenship.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your paperwork straightened out as you prepare for changing your immigration status. If you’re planning to fill out
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