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Lies may not be grounds to revoke citizenship

Those looking to immigrate to Maryland or elsewhere in the United States might not necessarily have their citizenship revoked because of a lie. This was the basis of a Supreme Court ruling made on June 22. In order to be protected from revocation, the lie cannot lead to someone ultimately being denied citizenship. The case in question involved a woman who said that her husband fled to the United States to avoid serving in the Bosnian Serb army.

Immigrants applying for citizenship before election

Many immigrants in Maryland are following the U.S. presidential election just as closely as U.S. citizens. The comments that presidential candidates have made about immigration law may be of particular interest to people with a lot of family members who live in the U.S. illegally or have plans to immigrate to the U.S.

Convictions for marijuana and naturalization

While the use of marijuana is now viewed with much less stigma in Maryland and across the rest of the country, convictions for possessing it may still present problems for permanent residents who wish to apply for naturalization. A conviction may result in a person's facing deportation proceedings even if they have lived in the U.S. for years.

Making naturalization easier in Maryland

A program called Citizenshipworks developed by the Immigration Advocates Network aims to make it easier for immigrants to become naturalized citizens. The program is similar to ones commonly used to help individuals complete their tax returns, and it is free to use. An increasing number of permanent residents have sought citizenship over recent months as anti-immigrant rhetoric from presidential candidates has become stronger.

Minors may get citizenship through their naturalized parents

Immigrants in Maryland who have a parent that became a naturalized U.S. citizen may be able to automatically claim citizenship. A person who was a U.S. permanent resident and a minor at the time the parent was naturalized may have already achieved that status, depending upon the satisfaction of certain requirements.

Increasing number of Hispanic immigrants applying for citizenship

Hundreds of thousands of today's Hispanic immigrants through the U.S., including in Maryland, have decided to apply for citizenship. The increasing number of immigrants interested in citizenship is causing the number of eligible voters who are Hispanic to reach record heights. In fact, the electorate of Hispanics is expected to increase to more than a whopping 27 million people this year.

Becoming U.S. citizen can be complex process

The US mostly features immigrants or the descendants of past immigrants, with new citizens having always played an essential role. However, some relatively strict procedures are in place for permanent residents to get the citizenship they desire via naturalization. A few tips may help an immigrant in Maryland finally achieve his or her goal of becoming a U.S. citizen.

What you should know about the citizenship test

For many who come to the United States from other countries to live, their greatest desire is to become a U.S. citizen. While there are multiple steps that must be taken to get to that point, perhaps one of the most stressful for applicants is passing the citizenship test that most are required to take. But just what does that test entail?

Be aware of factors that can affect naturalization process

Living in the United States for a certain amount of time is the first step toward becoming a citizen of the United States. However, the quest for naturalization is not as easy as being in Maryland or another state for a set amount of time. There are other criteria that must be met and there are many factors or behaviors that can put naturalization at risk.

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