According to the 2004 "Democratic Platform for America," Democrats want to create a "path for undocumented aliens to earn citizenship." The party reiterated this message as part of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform.
U.S. citizens have the right to stay abroad for as long as they wish, and they can return at any time, according to New York Daily News. American citizens can remain abroad for the rest of their lives as long as they have permanent residency in the United States.
American citizenship is acquired by birth or naturalization, according to the Department of Homeland Security. To be a citizen by birth, a person has to be born in the United States or territories subject to U.S. jurisdiction. American citizenship may also be granted to a person born in a foreign country of American parents. To acquire citizenship by naturalization, the applicant must meet requirements that include passing English and civics tests.
According to the Migration Policy Institute, about 1/2 million immigrants cross the United States border lawfully each year, with a total of 484,072 immigrants in 2011. Most immigrants come from Mexico, China, India, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.
The ABA Journal describes the various struggles Mexican immigrants encounter when coming to the United States, including language barriers that prevent them from defending themselves in court and tough immigration laws. The ABA further explains that deportation is a major concern for many of these immigrants.
Since 1996, immigration law no longer uses the term "deportation," but instead uses the term "removal." According to official statistics from the website of the Department of Homeland Security the total number of Mexicans removed in 2012 was 306,870, of which 151,018 had criminal convictions and 155,852 were non-criminals.
As of 2014, U.S. citizens visiting Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for less than one month do not need to obtain a visa. However, they do need to carry a passport that is valid for at least six months when traveling to the UAE.
People immigrated to America for a variety of reasons, most of which involved seeking personal, religious or economic freedom. The largest reason for immigration, however, was poverty. People left their home countries, where they had low wages and poor living conditions, to go to America and attempt to create a better life for them and their families.
According to the Canada Border Services Agency, anyone found to be living in Canada illegally will first be issued a removal order and then deported from the country. If an individual appeals a removal order, the deportation cannot take place until the appeal has been decided.
Individuals waiting for a U.S. green card may check the status through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. The agency notes that applicants can get online updates of where they are in the process, from application through production of the card.
If your passport has expired, you can still use it to travel inside the United States, although it is no longer valid in foreign countries. It always serves as a valid form of photo identification within the country.
The I-551 stamp indicates temporary legal permanent resident status, notes Norrie and Associates. The stamp is used in between the time a person receives legal status and the time he receives his alien registration card.
According to a 2012 study by the Pew Research Center, most immigrants to the United States come from the Asia-Pacific and Latin America-Caribbean regions. The study showed an increase in immigrants from Asia, Africa and the Middle East from 1992 to 2012 and a decrease in immigrants from Latin America, Europe and other parts of North America.
The major cons of legal immigration involve security risks and increased competition for job opportunities, as explained by BalancedPolitics.org. The major pros include an increased labor force, a greater influx of skilled citizens and a lowered incentive to enter the country illegally.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a person may qualify for citizenship through naturalization if she has been a permanent resident of the United States for a minimum of 5 years. Applicants must also meet any other eligibility requirements.
There are multiple factors that affect visa processing times at the National Visa Center. After completing the initial application, the applicant schedules an interview at their local U.S. Embassy. Wait times for interviews vary from one day to 160 days.
Immigration marriage fraud refers to the practice of entering into marriage for the purpose of evading any provision of U.S. immigration law. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most common form of immigration-related marriage fraud occurs when a foreign national marries a U.S. citizen with the intention of becoming a lawful permanent resident and, ultimately, a citizen of the United States.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, in 2012, there were 484,072 new, legal entries into the United States, as the Migration Policy Institute indicates. However, this number does not include illegal immigrants. Statistics estimate around 11.5 million illegal immigrants reside in the U.S. today.
According to the official website of the Social Security Administration, illegal immigrants cannot receive Social Security benefits because they cannot get a Social Security card with a unique number. Only legal immigrants can obtain a Social Security card and number.
Applicants must correctly answer six out of 10 questions on the civics test portion of the naturalization process, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The overall process also includes an English test, which has three components: reading, writing and speaking.
The easiest country to immigrate to is Canada. Due to an extreme skilled-labor shortage in the 1970s, Canada adopted one of the most lenient immigration policies in the world.