The Process Essay

574 WordsMay 20, 20153 Pages
The Process The American Citizenship process, also known as the naturalization process, it is an acquisition of citizen status through specialized legal processes. The process is an extremely complicated topic consisting of many rigid rules and regulations a certain individual most follow. Every year in the United States there are millions of people from foreign countries submitting immigration applications to the USA Immigration Services (a private organization devoted to help foreigners, US Visa holders, Green card holders). According to the U.S Immigration Lawyers website, Out of these, an estimated 700,000 people were granted citizenship in the fiscal year 2006 (October 2005 – September 2006). Becoming a United States citizen is a dream to many individuals, matter a fact to thousands of people around the world. Unfortunately, it is not possible for everyone who applies to receive a U.S citizenship. People cannot receive residency or citizenship just by moving or settling in the U.S. Many foreigners are required to apply for a B-1 (Business Visa) or a B-2 (Tourist Visa) before they can visit the United States. Professor of Law Bill Ong Hing at the University of California points out the process of obtaining either an immigrant or non-immigrant visa can be both time consuming and involve a substantial amount of fees. On the other hand, there are several ways to receive a green card (United States Permanent Resident Card). Every year few lucky individual are selected in a program called, “Diversity Immigrant Visa” which is a lottery. It is also an application process that requires time and patience, but if your name is selected you automatically move on with the process. With limited amount of people being eligible to obtaining a citizenship recently retired Sen. Alan K. Simpson told the Senate of Judiciary, the U.S gives only 55,000 people an opportunity to

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