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‘You Are America’ | Who is Eligible

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You may be eligible for citizenship if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

 

  • You have been a permanent resident for at least five years (or three years if married to a US citizen).
  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You are a person of good moral character, which means:

-Not have committed certain crimes such as drug offenses, prostitution, or lying to the government.
-Not helped someone cross the border illegally.
-Not have done things that the government considers immoral, like not paying child support or taxes.

  • You are able to read, write and speak English well enough to have a simple conversation with the interviewer.
  • You are able to answer simple questions in the interview about US history and government:

-Generally, the officer asks 10 questions.

-All Questions come from a list of questions and answers that can be studied.

  • You have made America your home for at least five years and you have lived in this area for at least three months.
  • You’ve actually been in the US for at least half of each year for the past five years.
  • You are willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.

You may be eligible for other reasons, if:

  • You served in the armed forces of the United States during a time of declared war or conflict (for example after September 11, 2001).
  • You are the son of US citizens.

To apply for citizenship:

  • Attend one of our  free assistance events for citizenship.
  • Make an individual appointment with one of our legal service providers.
  • Be sure to take the information and documents needed to complete a citizenship application workshop or individual appointment.
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Mother Jones: 3 Ways Obama’s Immigration Executive Action Changes Everything (and One Way It Doesn’t)

The details of President Barack Obama’s much-rumored, much-debated executive action on immigration have been leaked to the press, and the broad outline, according to Fox News and the New York Times, includes deportation relief for upwards of 5 million people.

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Critics Say Executive Action on Immigration Would Be Unprecedented. They Forget Their History.

Presidents have almost always acted first to permit immigration or prevent deportation—with Congress ratifying those actions later on.

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President Obama speaks about immigration reform in the East Room of the White House, Oct. 24, 2013. At the time, the president renewed his call for Congress to pass sweeping immigration reform.(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Image)

By Charles Kamasaki

The president’s announcement that he would soon take executive action to “to do what he could” to fix a broken immigration system in the absence of legislation has prompted critics to assert that this would be unprecedented unless first authorized by Congress. In fact, the record demonstrates the opposite. For at least the last 70 years, presidents have routinely acted first to permit the entry of people outside normal channels or to protect large numbers of people from deportation, with legislation ratifying the executive action coming later.

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