The U.S. naturalization process is complex and often misunderstood. In theory, the law is simple: You are either a citizen of the United States by birth or by naturalization. Despite its apparent simplicity, the reality is that the process of naturalization is complex and challenging.

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If you are looking to become a U.S. citizen, then naturalization may well be an option. Because it is such a difficult process, however, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a qualified legal professional.

At The O’Brien Law Group, we can provide you with an experienced Louisville immigration attorney who can offer guidance on this and other immigration matters. To schedule an appointment with a member of our team, call us at 502-400-7890.

Ceremony to Celebrate New U.S. Citizens

WNDU reports that one day after the President Obama introduced major immigration reforms, nearly 50 people became new U.S. citizens. There was a naturalization ceremony at a federal courthouse to commemorate the event.

Judge Robert Miller said that it was an important day not only for the people becoming naturalized citizens but also for the rest of the country and other immigrants. The judge also says 1 in 8 people in the United States is a naturalized citizen, which is higher than any other country around the world.

In November, President Obama issued an executive order intended to reform the immigration process. It stalled the deportation process for an estimated 5 million people. Immigrants and advocacy groups around the country have celebrated the reforms, and many more people will participate in similar ceremonies over the coming weeks.

Naturalization Debate Continues

The Los Angeles Times reports that the naturalization, or “birthright citizenship,” debate continues to rage. Broadly speaking, a child born in the United States becomes a U.S. citizen automatically. This policy means that many debates on immigration and citizenship have reached Congress over the years. It is hotly contested on both sides, with many people claiming birthright citizenship is too arbitrary and easily manipulated.

Some opponents of the process claim many people come to the United States to have babies, and these people often leave the babies in the country. Critics propose that officials remove birthright citizenship through a constitutional amendment or via a federal statute. Under this change, a child would only become an American citizen if at least one of his or her parents was a citizen, as well.

The matter is complex and controversial because of its potential to create xenophobia, but recent immigration developments have once again catapulted the debate into the national spotlight.

If you are looking to live and work legally in the United States, it is important to contact an experienced Louisville immigration lawyer. At The O’Brien Law Group, we will sit down with you and evaluate your specific circumstances in order to find the most viable solution to allow you to remain in the country legally. Call us today at 502-400-7890 to schedule an appointment.

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