Immigration

Refugees Versus Asylees: What Are the Differences?

Refugees Versus Asylees

Refugees Versus Asylees: What Are the Differences? Conflict, strife, and violence across the globe often force people to flee their homes and seek shelter and safety abroad. Catastrophic events or influences can lead to an influx of refugee or asylee arrivals worldwide. But there are key differences between the two designations. In this article, we’ll…

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Asylum in the United States: An Overview

Asylum United States

Asylum in the United States: An Overview In a world often full of violence and discord, thousands of refugees flee their native countries in search of peace. Those seeking asylum, or protection, in the United States often fear persecution for a variety of reasons. In fact, asylees may face imprisonment, serious injury, or even death…

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All About DACA: Past, Present, and Future

DACA Past Present Future

All About DACA: Past, Present, and Future In 2012, President Barack Obama announced that a specific class of immigrants – certain childhood arrivals, were now eligible for “deferred action.” This meant that while officially protected by federal deferred action via DACA, any potential removal proceedings would not occur. Obviously, such protections require recipients to (1)…

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Sanctuary Cities: Facts, History, and Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4)

sanctuary cities

Sanctuary Cities: Facts, History, and Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB4) The topic of immigration, regardless of legality, is one of the most controversial and complicated issues in American politics today. Terms like deportation, undocumented immigrant, and sanctuary city are often debated via public forums throughout the country. You may find yourself wondering what it means…

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How to Become a Permanent Resident of the U.S

How to Become a Permanent resident in the US

In the United States, a permanent resident is a person who’s been authorized to live and work here on a permanent basis. Permanent residents get what’s known as a green card, and it comes with several benefits that visas do not. If you need to know how to become a permanent resident of the U.S.,…

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How to Become a U.S. Citizen

How to Become a U.S. Citizen

If you’re like most people who want to immigrate to the United States, whether or not you’re already living here, you want to know how to become a U.S. citizen. There are four basic ways a person can become a U.S. citizen: By birth Through naturalization Through derivation Through acquisition How to Become a U.S.…

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Everything You Need to Know About the U.S. Citizenship Test

Everything You Need to Know About the U.S. Citizenship Test

If you have permanent residency in the U.S., applying for naturalization is the final step toward becoming a U.S. citizen – but as part of the naturalization process, you’ll have to take a citizenship test. As Austin immigration attorneys, we get a lot of questions about the U.S. citizenship test: what’s on it, how long…

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Illegal Immigration: 10 Facts That May Surprise You

Illegal Immigration & immigration naturalization services: 10 Facts That May Surprise You

If you’re like many people, you know that the Department of Immigration and Naturalization Services ceased to exist in 2003 – but its functions were transferred to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol – all of which track data on illegal immigration. However, tens…

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Naturalization: Becoming A Citizen In America

Naturalization: Becoming A Citizen In America

For those who hold permanent residency status in the United States, becoming a naturalized citizen is the next step for many. During the past decade, according to the United States Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) website, 7.4 million people have been officially welcomed as new citizens. During 2016, the U.S. recognized over 700,000 new naturalized…

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Checklist for Hiring an Immigration Attorney

Checklist for Hiring an Immigration Attorney Austin Texas

During the past year, considerable debate and media coverage has targeted the issue of immigration and residency in the United States. At the highest level of government, conflicting commentary has created uncertainty around the fate of DREAMers and the continuation of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Similarly, in 2017, a Texas legislation titled…

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