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January 2015 Archives

Requirements to be eligible for U.S. citizenship

If you are not born a citizen of the U.S., the way to become a citizen is through the naturalization process.  Citizenship is not the only path to becoming a legal resident of the country, but it may be a good option for those planning to live in the U.S. the rest of their lives, and want to enjoy all the same rights as native-born citizens.

253K in Florida would be protected by immigration order

Immigration law is once again in the news, after President Obama issued an executive order in November protecting some undocumented immigrants to the U.S. from deportation. As we discussed in our Nov. 26 post, the rule prevents people who were brought to this country without documentation as children from being deported. Parents of U.S. citizens and legal residents will also be protected.

Florida #1 in foreclosure, but new filings dropping

Foreclosure remains a big problem in Florida. The state had the highest rate of foreclosure in the country last year at 2.3 percent. Four of the five urban hardest hit by foreclosure in 2014 were in Florida: Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Space Coast. Only Atlantic City, New Jersey had a higher percentage of properties in foreclosure.

E-1 status lets foreign nationals come to U.S. for trade

Foreign nationals who seek to conduct trade with a Florida company will likely need to come to the U.S. at some point, to finalize the deal, inspect the other party’s facilities and so on. These individuals do need long-term, but not permanent, permission to live and work in this country; at the same time, they are not allowed simply to show up and start doing business either.

U.S. asylum allows victims of persecution abroad to escape

Many people come to the United States to join their family or pursue a better life. Others are seeking to escape unrest in their native country. In fact, it is common for immigrants to have a combination of “push” and “pull” factors involved in their decision to come to the U.S.

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