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February 2015 Archives

Court order halts detention policy for asylum seekers

Pennsylvania residents may be interested to know about the latest development regarding immigration policy. On Feb. 20, a judge put a halt to a government policy that detained mothers and children who sought asylum in the United States. Past policy was to allow those who met the standard of credible fear to remain free while their cases were being heard unless they posed a specific threat to others.

Protecting immigrants from common scams

Immigrants living in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about some of the common scams that may be prevalent in the state, as described by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The USCIS claims that the executive action announced by President Obama on Nov. 20 may lead to an increase in the number of scams targeting immigrants in the present day and near future.

Sponsoring a relative for permanent residence status

Lawful permanent residents in Pennsylvania have the ability to petition on behalf of certain relatives and then to sponsor those relatives to help them become lawful permanent residents themselves. People may only petition for certain types of relatives, however, and must be able to meet the requirements for doing so.

The final step in the naturalization process in Pennsylvania

The final step for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is the naturalization ceremony. The ceremony is intended for two purposes. It is both designed to celebrate the new citizens of the United States as well as to secure their allegiance to the country through a required oath.