What are the Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen?

The process of becoming a United States citizen can be long and difficult. But, once you complete the process, you will experience a number of benefits. Read on to learn more about some of the benefits and responsibilities that come with citizenship.

Do I Qualify For Naturalization?

In order to qualify for naturalization, you must meet several qualifications. They are as follows:

  • You must prove you are committed to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
  • You must be able to communicate, via reading, writing, and speaking basic English.
  • You must have a satisfactory understanding of the United States government and history.
  • You must take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
  • You must be at least 18 years old, and a permanent resident for at least 5 years.
  • You will have to prove continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years before the date of filing Form N-400.
  • Prove that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years before filing Form N-400.
  • You must have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
  • You must demonstrate that you are a person of good moral character.

What are some of the benefits and responsibilities of becoming a United States citizen?

When you are granted citizenship in the United States, you are given various rights and responsibilities.  Some of these rights and responsibilities are as follows:

  • The right to vote: Generally, only U.S. citizens are allowed the right to vote in our elections.
  • Travel with a U.S. passport
  • Bring family members to the United States
  • Obtain citizenship for children who are younger than 18 years old
  • Apply for federal jobs, as most of these jobs will require citizenship
  • Become an elected official. This is one of the highest honors and responsibilities a person can have, and it can only be obtained through U.S. citizenship.
  • Keep your residency. Once you are a citizen, you cannot be removed.
  • Qualify for certain federal grants and scholarships
  • Obtain government benefits
  • Serve on a jury. Jury service is one of the quintessential aspects of citizenship, and by serving, you help uphold the democratic process that our country so highly values.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your immigration status, contact our firm today to discuss.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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Adjustment of Status | What to Know

Adjustment of Status (AOS) is the process by which a non-United States citizen petitions to become a permanent resident. This would allow an individual to live and work in the United States of America permanently. This is done by obtaining a Green Card. Read on to learn more about the qualifications needed to adjust your status and obtain a Green Card

Qualification for an Adjustment of Status

In order to qualify for permanent resident status, there are some requirements you must meet. First of all, you must reside within the United States. Additionally, you may be eligible to apply for a Green Card through your family, a job offer or employment, refugee or asylum status, or a number of other special provisions. In some cases, you may even be able to self-petition.

Family-based

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens do not have to wait for a visa, and there is no limit to the number of visas that can be issued. Immediate relatives include:

  • Parents of a U.S. citizen
  • Spouses of a U.S. citizen
  • Unmarried children under the age of 21 of a U.S. citizen

Job or employment-based

People who would like to become immigrants based on employment or a job offer may apply for permanent residence or an immigrant visa while they are outside of the country.

Refugee or Asylum

If you were admitted to the United States as a refugee or as a qualifying spouse or child of a refugee, you are required to apply for permanent residence one year after your entry into the United States.

Petitioning for an Adjustment of Status

Petitioning for adjustment of status can be a long process. In some cases, it can take several months and in others, it can take over a year. The process will require biometrics and a formal interview. If the person petitioning is the spouse of a United States citizen, then the immigration officer conducting the interview will require proof of a valid marriage. While the Adjustment of Status Application is being processed, many people also file for employment authorization and “advance parole” allowing them to work and travel to and from the United States before their adjustment of status has been completed.

If you wish to adjust your status, you should reach out to a skilled immigration attorney. Our firm is here to walk you through the process every step of the way.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What is a U Visa & Do I Qualify for One?

Undocumented immigrants in the United States have a lot on the line. In many cases, they have to be extremely careful in their daily lives so they can avoid potential deportation. Unfortunately, just like the rest of us, undocumented immigrants can be victims of crimes as well. If you are an undocumented immigrant and you were recently the victim of a crime, you may feel hesitant to speak with law enforcement out of fear that you may be deported as a result. Fortunately, you may find protection via a U visa. Please continue reading and speak with our Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more about these visas and how they may help you stay in the United States and report the perpetrator of the crime. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the qualifications for a U visa in the U.S.?

To qualify for a U visa, you will have to demonstrate that you are the victim of a qualifying crime that occurred on United States soil. Unfortunately, not all crimes qualify for these visas. The only crimes that qualify will have to involve you sustaining severe emotional or physical trauma as a result. Some of the crimes that qualify for U visas are witnessing murders, being sexually assaulted, being the victim of domestic violence, being the victim of human trafficking, and witnessing manslaughter. Certain additional crimes may qualify, but they must be particularly heinous in nature, as you can tell. Additionally, to qualify for a visa, you will have to provide law enforcement with information regarding the crime and cooperate with law enforcement from there. If you are deemed admissible into the U.S., you should receive your visa.

How long does a U visa last?

These visas generally are only valid for four years. That being said, if you can demonstrate that you need an extension of your U visa due to exceptional circumstances, with the help of an attorney, your visa may be extended. Additionally, if law enforcement requests your visa be extended, or you require an extension due to delays in consular processing, you may receive an extension. Furthermore, there are certain circumstances that may warrant a modification to your visa. If you have been in the United States uninterrupted for at least 3 years, you have a birth certificate, copies of your passports, a medical examination/vaccination record, an affidavit to support your claim, and you can prove that you’ve obtained a U visa in the past, you may modify your visa.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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President Biden to Rescind Certain Trump-Era Immigration Restrictions

Back in April 2020, then-President Donald J. Trump enacted an executive order that halted immigration into the United States for at least 60 days. This halt of immigration was then extended further in June, which then included immigrants who were seeking work-related visas. Even up until his final weeks as president, Mr. Trump continued with the restrictions when he issued an additional 3-month extension of immigration restrictions. Now, President Joseph R. Biden will reportedly sign an executive order in the near future rescinding those restrictions and opening up immigration possibilities for many prospective immigrants.

Recently, in a recorded virtual meeting, Esther Olavarria, deputy director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, has stated that President Biden will most likely be signing an executive order that would, “rescind the Trump proclamations that precluded the admission of immigrants and non-immigrants either deemed to be a financial burden on our health care system or deemed to present a risk to U.S. labor markets.”

While any orders in this regard have yet to be signed, one can expect to hear a critical announcement from the White House any day now. As soon as this announcement happens, we will be sure to bring it to you. If you have any further questions, or you are concerned about how this potential executive order may impact you and your ability to live and work here in the United States, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys today. Our firm has helped countless individuals through every step of the immigration process, and we are ready and willing to do the same for you. All you have to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What You Need to Know About the US Citizenship Act of 2021

On President Joseph R. Biden’s first day in office, he issued a slew of executive orders, many of which sought to undo many of former President Trump’s policies. Among those executive orders is one that introduces the US Citizenship Act of 2021. This is a momentous executive order, for if it is passed by Congress, it will have a drastic effect on immigration law here in the United States. If you are an immigrant or a potential immigrant in the US, you must continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more about the executive order and how it may affect you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the US Citizenship Act of 2021?

The Act provides a wide array of opportunities to prospective immigrants here in the United States. First, and perhaps most notable, the Act will provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients. The Act will also provide a pathway to citizenship for essential workers and TPS holders. That being said, each of these parties must first prove that they qualify for citizenship, and they must prove that they were in the United States on or before January 1, 2021. These immigrants will first apply for green card lawful permanent resident status or legal status for five years. Next, they must apply for permanent green card status after three years. They will then have to pass background checks and pay taxes. Finally, the Act will attempt to solve causes of illegal migration and provide relief to family and employment immigrant visa backlogs.

What will the US Citizenship Act of 2021 do for employment-based immigration?

As noted, the Act will work to address employment immigrant backlogs, as well as exempt graduates of colleges and universities with advanced STEM degrees from immigrant visa caps, and do away with per-country immigration caps. Unfortunately, certain immigrant workers, such as those seeking non-immigrant employment-based visas, like the H-2B and H-1B visas, are not addressed in this Act, however, they will most likely be addressed in further deliberations under President Joseph R. Biden. For any further questions regarding the US Citizenship Act of 2021 or any other immigration concerns, speak with our firm today. We are here to assist you through every step of the legal process ahead, and we will be sure to keep you informed as more information comes to the surface.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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