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Can I Change My Name When I Apply to Be a U.S. Citizen?

Many immigrants decide to change their names upon becoming naturalized citizens of the United States. The reasons for doing so are numerous: in many cases, traditional names in other languages don’t always translate well into English, or perhaps a Latin American woman has decided to follow common law and take her husband’s name. It so …Read More

How to Read the Monthly Visa Bulletin Published by the USCIS

Outside of visas intended for tourism, the numbers of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas issued by the United States Department of State are numerically limited. Federal law directs this agency to work with the Department of Homeland Security to calculate the maximum number of visas, and the per-country limits established by this calculation are based on …Read More

6 Facts You Should Know About Immigration in the US [Infographic]

Immigrants to America come from many different countries and backgrounds, and their impact on our country is both positive and significant. The trusted San Diego immigration lawyers at KS Visa Law have put together a quick infographic explaining some important facts about those who immigrate to the United States. If you’re in need of additional …Read More

Steps to Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Marriage

Of all the various ways immigrants can become legal residents and naturalized citizens of the United States, marrying an American citizen or a permanent legal resident is often considered to be the most straightforward. The best-case scenario involves an American citizen who meets his or her future spouse abroad and gets married in the U.S. …Read More

How Is the U.S. Government Shutdown Affecting Immigration Services?

When the people of the United States celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 21st, the partial shutdown of government services had entered its fifth week. Thanks to a private donation from Delta Air Lines, the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta had enough operating funds to open on the holiday, …Read More

Major Amendments Proposed for Regulations Governing H-1B Visas

Amidst all the bad news related to U.S. immigration policy under the administration of President Donald Trump, a glimmer of hope is emerging regarding the H-1B visa program, which benefits skilled foreign workers and American employers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced its intention to overhaul the H-1B visa program through a series …Read More

4 Frequently Used Scams Targeting Immigrants

In November 2018, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the resolution of criminal charges filed against a South Carolina woman for defrauding dozens of foreigners who had experienced difficulty obtaining legal immigration status. According to the press release issued by DHS, the 43-year-old woman had promised her victims that she had the …Read More

5 Positive Aspects of Family-Based Immigration

Even though some forms of family-based immigration have existed in the United States since colonial times, the enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1965 has provided an organized and comprehensive path to residency and naturalization for relatives of foreigners who have established legal ties to the country. Up to 480,000 visas are granted …Read More

The Importance of Preserving Birthright Citizenship in the United States

In late October, United States President Donald Trump granted an interview to Axios, an online news outlet that also films segments for the cable television network HBO. In that interview, the President made a bold claim related to birthright citizenship, a legal principle known in Latin as jus soli. In essence, jus soli is established …Read More

What You Need to Know About EB-5 Visas in 2018

The challenging immigration climate under the Trump administration has also impacted the employment-based fifth-category visa, most commonly known as the EB-5 investors visa. This special visa has been around for a while, but it became a hot topic of national interest in the midst of the Great Recession, and that interest has been rekindled over …Read More

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