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New changes to immigration laws

On Nov. 20, President Obama issued an immigration-based executive order that may be of interest to Florida residents. The new order protects against deportation for undocumented parents of lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens. In addition, the executive order is designed to help keep skilled workers in the country.

Dual nationality and citizenship status

Miami immigrants undergoing the naturalization and citizenship process are often curious to know how dual citizenship works with the United States and their countries of origin. Dual nationality may result from immigration, or it may result from automatic operation of different laws, such as when two U.S. nationals give birth to a child in a foreign country, that child may have automatic dual nationality.

What is Temporary Protective Status and am I eligible?

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, immigrants who have come to Florida from countries that are facing extreme difficulties, such as war, famine or epidemics, may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status. Countries eligible for TPS are designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, typically for temporary conditions that would makes it dangerous for nationals of that country to return home.

Determining if Florida residents are U.S. citizens

If a child is born outside of the United States, it does not mean that the child cannot be a United States citizen. If the child's parents are both United States citizens and one of the parents has lived in the United States or its territories prior to the child's birth, that child is a citizen. A parent is defined as the genetic mother or father or the gestational mother if that person is the legal parent.

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