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Check Your ITIN because it could be Expired or Expiring Soon

By: Coleman Jackson, Attorney, CPA
November 21, 2016

Check Your ITIN because it could be Expired or Expiring Soon

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, otherwise known as (ITIN) allows taxpayers to meet their tax filing obligations who cannot obtain a Social Security Number.  An ITIN is typically used by nonresident foreigners , undocumented resident foreigners, dependents and spouses of U.S. Citizens and resident foreigners who cannot get a social security number, and nonresident students, professors or researchers filing a U.S. federal tax return or claiming an exception, and anyone else who has a tax reporting obligation but cannot obtain a social security number.  The ITIN, like a social security number, is a nine digit code.  The ITIN begins with the number 9 and has fourth and fifth digits ranging from 50-65, 70-88, 90-92, and 94-99.   These are the middle digits of the ITIN.   The ITIN does not grant the holder any legal rights to reside in the United States.  The ITIN does not grant the holder any right to work in the United States.  The ITIN is issued by the United States Treasury (IRS).  The ITIN is only used for tax reporting purposes.

ITIN holders beware!  Section 203 of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act), which became law on December 18, 2015 made critical changes to U.S. Tax Law, 26 U.S.C. Section 6109 as it relates to the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Program.  Because of these PATH Act changes, every ITIN holder must check their ITIN to determine whether it is expired or expiring soon.  The PATH Act made major changes in the ITIN Program which requires holders of ITINs to renew their ITIN.

Holders of unused ITINs must renew them or they will expire.  Any ITIN not used on a federal tax return for the last three (3) years.  Count back from the current year to the previous three tax reporting periods.  If it has been three years since the ITIN was used; it expires on January 1, 2017.  That means that if you hold an ITIN that was not used in 2015, 2014 or 2013; your ITIN is no longer valid and cannot be used when you file your 2016 federal tax return; unless, you timely renew it.  The IRS began accepting ITIN renewal applications on October 1, 2016 for taxpayers affected by the PATH Act.

ITINs issued before 2013 began expiring in 2016 on a rolling basis.  The mandatory renewal period for these ITINs is on what the IRS is calling a rolling basis.  The key numbers that triggers the expiration and mandatory renewal schedule as to when the pre-2013 ITIN renewal period began are the middle two digits of the ITIN.  For example, beginning October 1, 2016, ITIN holders with middle digits of 78 and 79 began renewing their ITIN. Every ITIN holder must examine their ITIN and the ITIN of family members (household members) to determine when their ITIN expires or expired based on the IRS rolling renewal schedule.

Holders of expired ITINs could have difficulty complying with U.S. tax laws.  They could be prohibited from claiming exemptions and dependents and so forth with expired ITINs.  Moreover, failure to timely file required federal tax returns carry serious consequences under U.S. tax laws, such as, civil negligence penalties, fraud penalties and potential criminal prosecution.  There could also be serious consequences under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) for failure to comply with U.S. federal tax laws (Internal Revenue Code).  Federal tax law abuse violates the terms of immigrant visas under the INA in certain circumstances.   ITIN holders must check their ITIN because the ITIN could be expired or expiring soon.

This law blog is written by the Taxation | Litigation | Immigration Law Firm of Coleman Jackson, P.C. for educational purposes; it does not create an attorney-client relationship between this law firm and its reader.  You should consult with legal counsel in your geographical area with respect to any legal issues impacting you, your family or business.

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Revise su ITIN porque Podría estar Vencido o Venciéndose Pronto

Por: Coleman Jackson, Abogado, Contador Público Certificado
Noviembre 11, 2016

Revise su ITIN porque Podría estar Vencido o Venciéndose Pronto

Numero de Identificación Personal de Contribuyente, también conocido como (ITIN, por sus siglas en ingles) permite que los contribuyentes que no pueden obtener un número de Seguro Social,  cumplan con sus obligaciones de presentación de impuestos. Un ITIN típicamente es utilizado por extranjeros no residentes, extranjeros residentes indocumentados, dependientes y conyugues de ciudadanos estadounidenses y residentes extranjeros que no pueden obtener número de seguro social, y estudiantes, profesores o investigadores no residentes que presentan una declaración de impuestos federal de Estados Unidos o que reclaman una excepción, y cualquier otra persona que tiene obligación de reportar impuestos y no puede obtener un número de seguro social.  El ITIN, como un número de seguro social, es un código de nueve dígitos. El ITIN comienza con el numero 9 y tiene los dígitos cuarto y quinto que van desde 50-65, 70-88, 90-92 y 94-99. Estos son los dígitos que van en la mitad del ITIN. El ITIN no concede al titular ningún derecho a trabajar en Estados Unidos. El ITIN es emitido por el Tesoro de Estados Unidos (IRS). El ITIN se utiliza únicamente para propósito de reportes de impuestos.

Titulares de ITIN tengan cuidado! Sección 203 de la Ley Protegiendo a Americanos sobre Aumento en los Impuestos de 2015 (LeyPATH ), la cual se convirtió en ley el 18 de diciembre de 2015 hizo cambios críticos a la Ley de Impuestos de Estados Unidos, 26 U.S.C. Sección 6109 que se refiere al Programa de Identificación Personal del Contribuyente (ITIN). Debido a estos cambios en la Ley PATH, todos los titulares de ITIN deben revisar su ITIN para determinar si esta vencido o si se vence pronto. El Ley PATH hizo cambios importantes en el Programa ITIN, que requiere que los titulares de ITINs renueven su ITIN.

Los titulares de ITIN no utilizados deben renovarlos o se vencerán. Cualquier ITIN que no se uso en una declaración de impuestos federal en los últimos tres (3) años. Cuente desde el año actual a los tres periodos de reportes de impuestos anteriores. Si  han pasado tres años desde que se utilizo el ITIN; se vence el Enero 1, 2017. Eso significa que si usted tiene un ITIN que no fue utilizado en 2015, 2014, 2013; su ITIN ya no es válido y no puede ser usado cuando presente su declaración de impuesto federal de 2016; a menos queusted lo renueve a tiempo. El IRS comenzó a aceptar solicitudes de renovación de ITIN en octubre 1, 2016 para contribuyentes afectados por el  Ley PATH.

Los ITINs emitidos antes de 2013 comenzaron a vencer en 2016 en forma sucesiva. El periodo de renovación obligatoria para estos ITINs es lo que el IRS está llamando forma sucesiva. Los números clave que desencadenan la caducidad y el horario de renovación obligatoria en cuanto a cuando comenzó el periodo de renovación de ITINs pre-2013 son los dos dígitos del medio del ITIN. Por ejemplo, comenzando octubre 1, 2016, titulares de ITIN con dígitos del medio  78 y 79 comenzaron a renovar su ITIN. Cada titular de ITIN debe examinar su ITIN y ITIN de familiares (miembros del hogar) para determinar cuándo se vence su ITIN o si ya venció basado en el horario de renovación sucesiva del IRS.

Los titulares de ITINs vencidos podrían tener dificultad para cumplir con leyes de impuestos de Estados Unidos.Con ITINs vencidos les podría ser prohibido reclamar exenciones, dependientes, etcétera. Además, no presentar oportunamente las declaraciones de impuestos federales requeridos lleva serias consecuencias bajo las leyes de impuestos en Estados Unidos, como sanciones por negligencia civil, sanciones por fraude y posible persecución penal. También podría haber consecuencias serias bajo la Ley de Inmigración y Nacionalidad (INA, por sus siglas en inglés) por incumplimiento con las leyes federales de impuestos de Estados Unidos  (Código Interno de Ingresos). Abuso de la ley federal de impuestos viola los términos de visas inmigrantes bajo INA en ciertas circunstancias. Titulares de ITIN deben revisar su ITIN por que el ITIN puede estar vencido o venciéndose pronto.

Este blog de derecho está escrito por La Firma de Abogados de Impuestos | litigación | Inmigración de Coleman Jackson, P.C. con fines educativos; Esto no crea relación de abogado-cliente entre esta firma de abogados y el lector. Usted debe consultar con un asesor legal en su área geográfica con respecto a todas las cuestiones legales que lo afectan a usted, su familia o negocio.

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Precios de Peticiones de Inmigración en Estados Unidos van a Aumentar en Diciembre

Noviembre 10, 2016
Por: Coleman Jackson, Abogado

Precios de Peticiones de Inmigración en Estados Unidos van a Aumentar en Diciembre

Han escuchado? Es oficial. Las tarifas de Servicios de Inmigración y Ciudadanía (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) aumentaran a partir del 23 de Diciembre de 2016. Aplicaciones y peticiones de inmigración con sello postal o presentadas a partir del 23 de Diciembre de 2016, deben incluir los nuevos cargos o serán rechazadas por USCIS. Algunos ejemplos de aumento en las tarifas en las aplicaciones y peticiones más populares son las siguientes:

Número del Formulario

Título de la Formulario

Tarifa Efectiva

12-23-2016

Tarifa Actual

I-90

Solicitud para Reemplazar la Tarjeta de Residente Permanente

$455

$365

I-102

Solicitud de Reemplazo/Documento Inicial de Entrada y Salida de No Inmigrante

455

330

I-129/129CW

Petición de Trabajador No Inmigrante

460

325

I-129F

Petición de Prometido(a) Extranjero(a)

535

340

I-130

Petición de Pariente Extranjero

535

420

I-131 /I-131A

Solicitud de Documento de Viaje

575

360

I-140

Petición Inmigrante para Trabajador Extranjero

700

580

I-212

Solicitud de Ingreso a los Estados Unidos después de haber sido Deportado o Removido

903

585

I-360

Petición de Amerasiatico, Viudo o Inmigrante Especial

435

405

I-485

Solicitud de Registro de Residencia Permanente o Ajuste de Estatus

1,140

985

I-485

Solicitud de Registro de Residencia Permanente o Ajuste de Estatus (Ciertos solicitantes menores de 14 años)

750

635

I-526

Petición de Inmigrante por Empresario Extranjero

3,675

1,500

I-539

Petición para Extender/Cambiar Estatus de No Inmigrante

370

290

I-600/600A

Petición para Clasificar Huérfano como Familiar Inmediato/Solicitud para Procesamiento Acelerado de Petición de Huérfano

775

720

I-800/800A

Petición para Clasificar a un Adoptado de Convención como Familiar inmediato/ Solicitud de Determinación de idoneidad para Adoptar a un niño de un país de la Convención

775

720

I-601

Solicitud de Exención de Motivo de Exclusión

930

585

I-601A

Solicitud de Exención Provisional por Presencia Ilegal

630

585

I-690

Solicitud de Exención de Motivos de Inadmisibilidad

715

200

I-694

Notificación de Apelación de Decisión

890

755

I-698

Solicitud de Ajuste de Estatus de Temporal a Residente Permanente (Bajos Sección 245A del INA)

1,670

1,020

I-751

Petición para remover las Condiciones de Residencia

595

505

I-765

Solicitud de Autorización de Empleo

410

380

I-824

Solicitud de Acción en una Solicitud o Petición Aprobada

465

405

I-829

Petición de Empresario para Remover Condiciones

3,750

3,750

I-924

Solicitud para Designación de Centro Regional bajo el Programa de Inversionistas Inmigrantes

17,795

6,230

I-924A

Certificación Anual del Centro Regional

3,035

0

I-929

Petición para un Familiar Calificado de un No Inmigrante U-1

230

215

N-336

Solicitud de Audiencia sobre Decisión en los Procedimientos de Naturalización

640

595

N-400

Solicitud de Naturalización

640

595

N-470

Solicitud para Conservar la Residencian para Propósitos de Naturalización

355

330

N-565

Solicitud de Reemplazo de un Documento de Naturalización/Ciudadanía

555

345

N-600/N-600K

Solicitud de Certificación de Ciudadanía/Solicitud de Ciudadanía y Expedición de Certificado bajo INA Sección 322

1,170

600/550

USCIS Tarifa de Inmigrante

220

165

Tarifa Datos Biométricos

85

85

 

Esta tabla de tarifas no incluye los nombres y tarifas de todas las solicitudes y peticiones de inmigración. El aumento en las tarifas de presentación se hace efectivo a partir del 23 de Diciembre de 2016. Presentaciones nuevas deben ser enviadas al Departamento de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos (USCIS, por sus siglas en inglés) con las tarifas de pago asociadas adjuntas.

Este blog de derecho está escrito por  La Firma de Abogados de Impuestos | Litigación  | Inmigración de Coleman Jackson, P.C. con fines educativos; Esto no crea relación de abogado-cliente entre esta firma de abogados y el lector. Usted debe consultar con un asesor legal en su área geográfica con respecto a todas las cuestiones legales que lo afectan a usted, su familia o negocio.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Firma de Abogados de Impuestos| Litigación | Inmigración |Ingles (214) 599-0431 | Español (214) 599-0432

U.S. Immigration Petition Prices Set to Increase this December

October 27, 2016
By:  Coleman Jackson, Attorney

U.S. Immigration Petition Prices Set to Increase this December 2016

Have everybody heard?  It is official.  United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) fees are set to increase effective December 23, 2016.  Applications and immigration petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include the new fees or be rejected by USCIS.  Some examples of the fee increase effect on some of the more popular applications and petitions are as follows:

Form Number

Form Title

Fee-Effective 12-23-2016

Current Fee

I-90

Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card

$455

$365

I-102

Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document

455

330

I-129/129CW

Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker

460

325

I-129F

Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)

535

340

I-130

Petition for Alien Relative

535

420

I-131 /I-131A

Application for Travel Document

575

360

I-140

Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker

700

580

I-212

Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal

903

585

I-360

Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant

435

405

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status

1,140

985

I-485

Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)

750

635

I-526

Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur

3,675

1,500

I-539

Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status

370

290

I-600/600A

Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative /Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition

775

720

I-800/800A

Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative /Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country

775

720

I-601

Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability

930

585

I-601A

Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver

630

585

I-690

Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility

715

200

I-694

Notice of Appeal of Decision

890

755

I-698

Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA)

1,670

1,020

I-751

Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence

595

505

I-765

Application for Employment Authorization

410

380

I-824

Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition

465

405

I-829

Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions

3,750

3,750

I-924

Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program

17,795

6,230

I-924A

Annual Certification of Regional Center

3,035

0

I-929

Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant

230

215

N-336

Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings

640

595

N-400

Application for Naturalization

640

595

N-470

Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes

355

330

N-565

Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document

555

345

N-600/N-600K

Application for Certification of Citizenship/Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate under INA Section 322

1,170

600/550

USCIS Immigrant Fee

220

165

Biometric Fee

85

85

The table of fees above does not list the names or filling fees for all immigrant petitions and applications.  Filing fee increases take effect on or after December 23, 2016.  New submissions must be submitted to the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS) with the payment associated fees attached.

This law blog is written by the Taxation | Litigation | Immigration Law Firm of Coleman Jackson, P.C. for educational purposes; it does not create an attorney-client relationship between this law firm and its reader.  You should consult with legal counsel in your geographical area with respect to any legal issues impacting you, your family or business.

Drawing2 E2 VisaPor: Coleman Jackson, Abogado

Agosto 01, 2016

Que es una inversión marginal con propósito de la visa E2? Esto es un obstáculo muy importante al buscar que aprueben una Visa de Inversionista E2. La marginalidad de un negocio es una de las mayores razones por la cual a los inversionistas en un negocio se les niega la visa E-2. Por esta razón esta es un área que se debe probar y desarrollar muy bien. El inversionista debe prestar mucha atención al asunto marginal.

Que es marginalidad? Para calificar para estatus de visa E2, el solicitante no debe haber invertido en una empresa bajo tratado solamente con el propósito de ganarse la vida para sí mismo o su familia.

Un negocio marginal es una empresa que no tiene capacidad actual o futura de generar más de las ganancias suficientes para proveer un mínimo para mantener al inversionista de tratado y a su familia.

Como un inversionista hace para saltar sobre este obstáculo de marginalidad?

1. Si el negocio puede mostrar que tiene ganancias en este momento o dentro de 5 años en exceso al dinero para compensar al inversionista y a su familia, marginalidad probablemente no es un problema. Esto sería fundamentado con registros de historial financiero y rendimiento financiero y opiniones de expertos en la industria y localización geográfica en donde se opera el negocio;

2. Una empresa que no tiene la capacidad de generar ganancias como está pero si tiene capacidad de hacer una contribución económica de buena cantidad en el momento o en el futuro no es considerada una empresa marginal;

3. Muestre esta capacidad de ganancias por medio de:

a. Un plan de negocios bien diseñado;
b. Rendimiento financiero,
c. Testimonio Económico Experto (Informes)

Conclusión: Aunque los inversionistas antes podían establecer que la empresa de tratado no es una empresa marginal mostrando fuentes de ingresos independientes para mantener al solicitante y sus dependientes, esto ahora no es suficiente. El inversionista debe mostrar más pruebas que simplemente fuentes independientes de recursos disponibles para el comerciante bajo tratado. El solicitante de la Visa E2 ahora debe mostrar que los ingresos del negocio de tratado son suficientes para probar que el negocio no es empresa marginal.

Estrategia:

1. Presentar un plan de negocios confiable para verificar la capacidad de generar suficientes ingresos en un máximo de cinco años.
2. Obtener una opinión experta de un consejero comercial u otro experto que este familiarizado con la clase de negocios en el área donde la empresa comenzara las actividades de negocio.
3. Demostrar lo siguiente:
a. Estructura y cumplimiento adecuado del negocio con todas las leyes que apliquen;
b. Estructura organizacional adecuada;
c. Descripción detallada de la obligaciones laborales del inversionista de tratado mostrando en papel que él califica para una Visa E-2
d. Evidencia de las obligaciones laborales del inversionista de tratado mostrando prueba que califica para una Visa E2.
e. Relaciones adecuadas con banqueros , contadores, abogados y otros asesores profesionales;
f. Cumplimiento con todos los otros requisitos en las instrucciones y manual del juez.

Este blog de derecho está escrito por La Firma de Abogados de Impuestos | Litigación | Inmigración de Coleman Jackson, P.C. con fines educativos; Esto no crea relación de abogado-cliente entre esta firma de abogados y el lector. Usted debe consultar con un asesor legal en su área geográfica con respecto a todas las cuestiones legales que lo afectan a usted, su familia o negocio.

Coleman Jackson, P.C. | Firma de Abogados de Impuestos, Litigación e Inmigración |Ingles (214) 599-0431 | Español (214) 599-0432

Noncitizens In Danger of Deportation | Federal, State & Local Tax Violations Could Be Deportable Offenses!

By:  Coleman Jackson, Esq.

Coleman Jackson, PC | 6060 North Central Expressway, Suite 443 | Dallas, Texas 75206 | www.cjacksonlaw.com | 214-599-0431
June 30, 2014

Tax Violations Could Be Deportable Offenses

Noncitizens of the U.S.A.  who commit certain federal tax crimes are subject to deportation as aliens who have been convicted of an aggravated felony. The U.S. Supreme Court held in Akio Kawashima v Holder, 132 S.Ct. 1166 (2012) that violations of 26 U.S.C. §§ 7206(1) and (2) are crimes involving fraud or deceit under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a) (43) (M) (i) and therefore aggravated felonies as that term is defined in the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101 et seq., when the loss to the Government exceeds $10,000.  Akio Kawashima was a lawful permanent resident, (“LPR”), or Green Card holder.  The Kawashima case involved fraudulent federal tax returns; but, arguably, the reasoning could apply to a loss of tax revenues resulting from other taxable events and types of transactions (such as, failing to file timely returns, failing to timely collect and turn-over employment taxes, and etc.),  if the loss to the government exceeds $10,000.

What if a Green Card Holder fails to timely file FBAR and FATCA disclosures?  Could delinquent, missing, or silently filed FBAR and FATCA reports subject a noncitizen to mandatory deportation?

If the government asserts and proves tax evasion, the LPR or other noncitizen is for sure deportable because tax evasion is a deportable offense under 8 U.S. C. § 1101(a) (43) (M) (ii).  But even if the government does not assert or prove tax evasion, the noncitizen (LPR) could still be deportable under the Kawashima holding if the loss to the government exceeds $10,000.

What about the LPR who files false sales & use tax reports at the State and local levels of government?  Are these noncitizens deportable under the reasoning in Kawashima?

Maybe, depending upon how the state tax code is written, Kawashima, specifically applies to losses under the Internal Revenue Code; but arguably noncitizens who are convicted of any federal, state or local tax fraud or deceit resulting in a loss to the government in excess of $10,000 are subject to virtual automatic deportation.

This blog was written for educational purposes only and creates no attorney-client relationship between the reader and the tax & immigration law firm of Coleman Jackson, P.C.

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United States Citizenship through Naturalization

By:
Coleman Jackson, PC
Immigration & Tax Law Firm
Firm Site www.cjacksonlaw.com
December 4, 2013

What is Naturalization?

United States NaturalizationIn the United States, citizens can be divided in two basic categories, Natural Citizens and Naturalized Citizens. The natural citizen is someone born in the United States or born to U.S. Citizen parents on foreign land. The naturalized citizen is someone born in a foreign country but granted U.S. citizenship after fulfilling certain legal requirements.

If you were not born as a U.S. citizen, Naturalization is the process by which you can obtain the United States citizenship if you make application to United States Citizenship & Immigration Services “USCIS” and meet specific qualifications set forth in the U.S. Immigration And Nationality Laws.

This article will guide you through eligibility criteria and application process for naturalization along with the benefits you will receive as a citizen of the United States of America.


Eligibility Criteria for Naturalization

  • Eligibility Criteria for U.S. NaturalizationYou must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must continuously reside in the United States for a period of 5 years. This period is reduced to 3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
  • You have not traveled outside of the U.S. at least for 1 year.
  • You must prove a minimum 3 months residence in the state where you are applying for citizenship.
  • You are a person of good moral character.
  • You have a good command of the English language, that is, you have gained competency in reading, writing and speaking English.
  • You must have fundamental knowledge of U.S. history and government principals.
  • You must be willing to perform either military or civilian service for the United States.
  • You must respect and support the constitution of the United States.
  • You must be willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States of America.


Application Process for Naturalization

Application process for Naturalization is not complicated and consists of submission of a government form, several supporting documents, followed by an interview and the allegiance Oath at the end. Consider the following steps.

Eligibility Criteria for U.S. Naturalization LawDetermine eligibility: Before applying, make sure you satisfy all the eligibility criteria according to USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service). For reference basic eligibility criteria are mentioned above in this blog.

 

 

Application Form to apply for NaturalizationObtain Application Form: You need to submit form N-400 to apply for Naturalization. You can print this form from the USCIS website or you can order it by calling 1 800 870 3676.

Answer all the questions completely and truthfully in this form. You should seriously consider consulting and purchasing the services of a professional immigration attorney because although the application process might seem straight forward; errors made when completing the form, failure to supply required proofs, certain factors in your background, inaccuracies and mistakes made when you obtained your Green Card, and application of certain legal precedence, USCIS field adjudication policies and practices could result in a denial or the delayed processing of your application.

 

Naturalization form submissionSubmit Application Form: After the completion of the naturalization application, submit it to USCIS for further processing and mail it via U.S. postal services or private mail company to the appropriate address. Along with application form, you need to send two passport size color photographs taken within 30 days, all required documents and fees by check or by money order payable to “Department of Homeland Security”.

Note(s):

  • Make a copy of the naturalization application and everything that you send to USCIS for your personal file,
  • Send supporting documents,
  • Send a bank cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Department of Homeland Security,
  • Do not send application fees by cash.

You will receive a receipt from USCIS, which indicates that your application has been received. You can check current processing times and the status of application on the basis of your receipt no.

 

Bio metric Appointment for NatiralizationBiometric Appointment: Once USCIS verifies your documents authentic along with required eligibility criteria, it will approve your application and send you a letter with instruction related to your biometric test, appointment schedule and place. Usually it is scheduled at your nearest USCIS Application Support Center near your residence. You should arrive at your appointment on time, with the USCIS letter and your personal identification card, such as your driver license or student identification card. USCIS requires applicant’s fingerprints for criminal background verification.

Sometimes USCIS may ask for additional documents for further verification and examination of your eligibility to naturalize, and will send you a request for evidence (“RFE”).

 

Interview for NaturalizationInterview: Once above processes are complete, the USCIS will schedule a naturalization interview.  They will inform you of the date, time and place of the naturalization interview by sending a letter to you. It is very important to dress appropriately, appear on time and be courteous throughout the interview. In case you fail to attend your interview, re-scheduling could delay the process for several months.  Failure to attend the naturalization interview could result in denial of your naturalization application.

At the time of the interview you will be asked about yourself and questions on the N-400 form you completed. You could even be asked about any matters in your immigration file.  It is very important that you are prepared for this interview and it is critical that you are truthful and honest in your responses to the officer(s)’ questions.

In some cases if you are unsuccessful in the naturalization interview, or the USCIS officer were not satisfied with your answers, performance or documents, you can request that a second interview be scheduled. If you are unsuccessful the second time, you might reconsider naturalizing or begin the application process all over again.

 

Receive Decision by Postal for Naturalization ApplicationReceive a Decision: After the interview you will receive your result, if you are denied then you will receive a letter explaining the reason(s) for denial of your naturalization application. If you believe that it is appropriate, you may request a hearing to appeal the denial decision. If your application is granted, Congratulations! You do not become a U.S. citizen until you take the oath of allegiance to the United States of America.  Be ready to participate in the oath ceremony.

 

Oath for naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States: Again, you will not become a U.S. citizen until you take the oath of Allegiance at the naturalization ceremony. In case you are not able to attend naturalization ceremony, you can ask for rescheduling.  After the ceremony you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

 

Benefits and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship

The constitution and laws of the United States of America give many rights as well responsibilities to citizens. Once you are a citizen, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities.

Benefits to become Naturalized Citizen of U.S.Benefits:

  • Vote in federal, state and local elections.
  • Right to a prompt and fair trial by jury of your peers.
  • Get to bring certain family members to the United States as immediate relatives.
  • Obtain citizenship for children born abroad.
  • Becoming eligible for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
  • Right to become an elected official.
  • Travel with a U.S. passport.
  • Eligible for federal grants and scholarship.


Responsibilities  of a U.S. CitizenResponsibilities:

  • Support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
  • Serve the country when required.
  • Participate in the democratic process.
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  • Participate in your local community.
  • Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Defend the country if need arise.


This naturalization presentation is written to inform and for educational purposes only.  It is not given as legal advice and does not create an attorney client relationship.  You should consult an attorney for any particular matter pertaining to your facts and circumstances.

COLEMAN JACKSON, P.C.
Immigration & Tax Law Firm
6060 North Central Expressway, Suite 443
Dallas, Texas 75206
Office Phone:  (214) 599-0431 (English)   (214) 599-0432 (Spanish)

Immigration Alert: U.S. Department of State Visa Bulletin Category F2A is Current Beginning August 1, 2013

IMMIGRATION ALERT:  GREEN CARD HOLDERS WHO DESIRE TO FILE FOR GREEN CARDS FOR THEIR SPOUSES AND CHILDREN (UNMARRIED CHILDREN AND UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE)

 ACT NOW!

Written By:   Coleman Jackson, Esq. | www.cjacksonlaw.com | (214) 599-0431 or Spanish (214) 599-0432

July 17, 2013

Immigration Alert:  Green Card Holders who desire to get Green Cards for their Spouses and Children (unmarried and under 21 year olds) need to file the appropriate applications and supporting documentation on behalf of their spouses or children beginning August 1, 2013.

These folks are in Visa Bulletin Category F2A.  That typically meant that their spouses and children had to wait years for a visa to become available.  Well in the August 2013 Visa Bulletin Category F2A is “C”, which means that a visa is currently available starting August 1, 2013.  The category could regress (that mean become not current, which means that these folks will have to wait until it becomes current again if they fail to act).

For example,   in November F2A could regress where people have to wait years for a visa to become available.  It could regress anytime after August 2013 without advance notice.  So these folks must act immediately by filing for Green Cards for their spouses and children beginning in August 2013.

The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs August 2013 Visa Bulletin reads as follows:

FAMILY-sponsored:

F2A: This category has become “Current” for August, and is expected to remain so for the next several months. This action has been taken in an effort to generate an increased level of demand. Despite the fact that there are large amounts of registered F2A demand, currently there are not enough applicants who are actively pursuing final action on their case to fully utilize all of the available numbers.

If you or your spouse or children are in Category F2A, contact an immigration attorney now.

This is an excerpt from the August 2013 Visa Bulletin, which shows that category F2A, is Current beginning August 1, 2013:

All Charge China India Mexico Philippians
F2A  C C C C C

This means that category F2A is current for all of the listed countries.  That is Green Card Holders from any country can apply for Green Card’s starting August 1, 2013 for their spouses and children.

COLEMAN JACKSON, P.C.

Professional Legal Services Corporation
Immigration & Tax Law Firm

6060 North Central Expressway
Suite 443
Dallas, Texas 75206.
Office Phone:  (214) 599-0431
Em: cj@cjacksonlaw.com
Firm Site:  www.cjacksonlaw.com