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December 2019 Archives

Filing for Citizenship After 3 Years If Separated

Under certain circumstances, a lawful permanent may apply for naturalization after only three years versus the requisite five years that is normally required. In order to qualify, the applicant must demonstrate that he/she has been a green card holder for at least three years and been married and living with a US Citizen spouse for at least three years. The policy manual refers to this requirement as the marital union requirement. In this climate, where adjudicators have been scrupulously examining everything on a micro level, satisfying these criteria can be problematic, especially when the couple are not physically together.

Citizenship Denied for Two or More DWI Convictions

Not too long ago, Attorney General Bill Barr issued an important decision regarding good moral character determinations within the context of cancellation of removal. Under Matter of Castillo-Perez, the Attorney General held that two or more drunk driving convictions create a rebuttable presumption that an applicant does not possess good moral character. USCIS has now officially adopted and incorporated this principle into its own Policy Manual, specifically Volume 12 which pertains to Naturalization matters. According to the USCIS Policy Alert, the new policy regarding DUI good moral character determinations will apply to any cases filed or pending on or after October 25, 2019.

Can I Travel Out Of The Country After Applying For Citizenship?

One of the most common questions that our citizenship clients ask is whether there are any travel prohibitions after they have filed for naturalization. At the risk of oversimplifying matters, the short answer is that applicants are allowed to travel outside the US even after their N-400 applications are lodged. That being said, individuals need to remain cognizant of the eligibility requirements for naturalization, some of which extend up and through to the time of the interview. In some cases, conduct after an application is filed can seriously impact the application and ultimately form the basis of a denial. When it comes to international travel, remember that an applicant must not only satisfy the physical presence requirement, but also the continuous residence requirement.

Children's Names Disappearing From List of Traveling Applicants | CSPA

Individuals petitioning for their married relatives abroad might notice that derivative children who qualify to immigrate have suddenly disappeared from the list of traveling applicants on the CEAC system. We are experiencing this troubling snafu just recently when children who were under 21 were not listed on the system even though the petitioner had already paid their visa fees. After some futile attempts through asknvc, we were finally able to get in touch with somebody over the phone (after a couple of hours) who advised that the children were removed because their cases were being considered under the CSPA-something which made no sense because the children in question were minors and not even close to "aging out" where the Child Status Protection Act would have to come into play. After more hours on the phone, we were finally able to speak to a supervisor, who confirmed that there was a computer glitch that resulted in the children being removed. This is just another illustration of how things that can potentially go wrong even when things are done right from an applicant's side. In this case, had NVC's own error not been brought to its attention, the children's ability to immigrate would have been jeopardized. And to make matters worse, these are not the only types of issues that applicants may experience while processing their cases through the electronic CEAC system. In some cases, NVC may incorrectly determine that a petitioner does not meet the financial guidelines under the Affidavit of Support; in others, NVC has been known to halt processing when documents are allegedly not dark enough or not scanned the right way. After the documents are rescanned to conform to the specifications, it might take NVC another sixty days before confirmation is given that the deficiency has now been cured-even though, many times, there was never a deficiency in the first place.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award martindale.com | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationally Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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