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How to help your child adjust to moving to another country

challenges in pursuit of a better life. Your children, however, may not have as great of an understanding.

No matter the situation, growing up will always present challenges. However, children who immigrate to another country will face unique obstacles. Understanding these trials is an important part of helping your children benefit as much as possible from your move.

What does the 10-step naturalization process entail?

Once you have determined that you meet all of the necessary requirements to begin working on the naturalization process for becoming a U.S. citizen in Illinois, it is time to embark on your journey. Being aware of what the process entails before you even begin may help you to be better prepared and more confident as you work toward your overall goal of becoming a citizen of the United States of America. 

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the first two steps require you to verify that you are not already a U.S. citizen and that you have met the necessary requirements to continue your application for naturalization. Next, you will need to fill out the Form N-400 in its entirety and submit it along with the requested supporting documents. Depending on your situation, a biometrics appointment may be required before you can continue the process. Once that has been accomplished, you will need to complete your interview.

Preparing to petition for immigration

When people are preparing to petition for immigration in the United States, their commitment to paying attention to the details and following the steps in sequence may allow them to accomplish their objective more efficiently. On occasion, immigrant families in Illinois may want to file a petition on behalf of relatives who do not live in the United States. While it is allowed, families should be thorough in following the process to give their family member the best shot at being approved. 

As soon as the desire to file a petition is recognized, people should begin inquiring about what they can do to support their objective. They should do what they can to learn about the American culture and the English language, as well as be sure they have acquired the proper documentation that will be required throughout the submittal process. Doing anything out of sync or only providing partial information may not only prolong the process but could greatly slow or even compromise a person's chances of being approved. 

Legal immigrant children may be displaced from homes

Many people in Illinois and across the nation have been watching the shifting tide and actions regarding immigrants and how they are treated in the U.S. since the last presidential election. Despite being a nation all but built on immigration, there can be a sense that today's administration is working against immigrants. A recently announced plan concerning public housing options for immigrants raises that feeling again.

As reported by The Washington Post, the U.S. government has for some time offered financial assistance to immigrants so they may be able to live in public housing units. This assistance has been available to families in which not all residence occupants are legal immigrants. For example, adults may not legally be in the U.S. but their children may have been born here and are therefore U.S. citizens. These people have to date been able to live in public housing thanks to the subsidies.

Proposal aims to expand deportation laws

According to Reuters, the Trump administration is looking into expanding current laws that allow for the deportation of immigrants who utilize public benefits. While this law has been in place for some time, it's rarely used unless an immigrant has a pre-existing issue for which they require help but failed to disclose it upon entry into the country or they fail to repay benefits when requested.

Many people who are in possession of green cards are entitled to benefits to purchase food or receive medical care for themselves or their children. This includes refugees, who are allowed entry into this country due to fears about personal safety in their countries of origin. Typical benefits include food stamps, supplemental income for people who are older or disabled, housing vouchers, Medicaid, and cash assistance programs to help families who lack sufficient income. On the federal level, most immigrants would be immune to deportation measures. This is because benefits aren't usually made available until five years after admission, and the new legislation states that only immigrants who receive public benefits during the first five years of admission would be subject to the law. 

Legality and morality of potential plan in question

Many people in Illinois know someone who has come to the United States from another country or who was raised by parents who came to the U.S. from another nation. Immigration is, in many ways, an essential building block of modern American society. Yet, today, immigration may well be on the fast track to becoming one of the hottest political topics around.

The current federal administration has not been shy in making clear its view that there are too many people entering the U.S., especially from Mexico or countries to the south of Mexico in Central America. The government has indicated a desire to curb the number of people allowed into the country, especially illegally. This view and approach has drawn criticism from many groups including some municipalities, counties and states.

A closer look at your benefits as a U.S. citizen

If you are weighing your options and have the desire to become a U.S. citizen, there is no better time than now to begin pursuing that dream. At Francis Law Center, we are committed to helping people in Illinois realize the many incredible benefits of becoming a citizen of the United States as we help guide them through the process. 

While the path to citizenship may seem overwhelming at first, your efforts to understand the process and to set realistic goals for yourself can help you to achieve your vision as quickly as possible. Along the way, you will need to demonstrate that you respect the country and are an honorable person who will make a positive impact in your community. Being involved in opportunities to learn about where you live is another valuable way for you to gain insight into what can be done to achieve your goals of citizenship. 

How to enhance a chance of your H-1B petition being selected for FY 2010 lottery?

H-1B petitions must be delivered to USCIS between April 1 and April 2019 in order to be eligible for Fiscal Year 2010 lottery selection. There are about 65,000 regular H-1B quota numbers plus 20,000 advanced-degree quota exemptions available in 2020.

USCIS will begin accepting H1B filings for 2020 on beginning on April 1, 2019. If your petition is delivered before April 1, it will not be considered for the lottery selection based on the recent H-1B lottery selection patterns. Due to overfilling of H-1B petitions, USCIS will stop accepting new filings received by April 5, 2019.

Experts question Trump's decisions regarding immigration

Immigration has always been a hot topic in government discussions but has gained even more traction and attention since Donald Trump has taken office. Even though establishing the groundwork for seamless immigration processes has been a longtime goal of government officials, it continues to be a work in progress with no end in sight. For immigrants in Illinois who are seeking asylum in the United States, the increase in major decisions by the government in relation to immigration could continue to slow the progress for many. 

In the most recent controversy surrounding the Trump administration and the decisions they are making in regards to immigration, it was announced that all overseas offices that process immigration requests are going to be closed permanently. The announcement was followed by a description of the decision with officials citing cost-effectiveness and a desire to address the backlog of immigration requests on American soil as the reason. However, experts are concerned that this potentially irrational decision could backfire and put even more strain on an already weighed down organization. 

How immigration helps the economy

It is sometimes politically expedient for those in government, and/or those who want to get into government, to take a firm stance against immigration, claiming that it poses a threat to the culture, economy and way of life in the United States. However, claims that immigration is detrimental to the economy, both in Illinois and throughout the U.S., are demonstrably false. In truth, immigration actually helps the economy by providing a steady flow of new workers and generating tax revenue at both the state and national levels.

According to NPR Illinois, by the year 2050, the percentage of the U.S. population over the age of 65 will be about 22 percent. As this segment of the population drops out of the workforce due to age, the stability of the economy requires newer, younger workers to replace and support them.

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