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Applying for Naturalization and Naturalization: The Final and Greatest Reward

Many clients ask, “Is it hard to become an American citizen?” Applying for naturalization is not complicated, but it is not easy to become a United States citizen. Those of us who claim that status simply because we were born here tend to take our citizenship for granted. We shouldn’t. It is a gift for which we should be grateful; one that is coveted by people from every corner of the world. Applying for Naturalization – Is it hard to become an American citizen? What’s so tough about becoming a United States...

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Immigration Law Affects Everyone

There is a widely-held perception that only undocumented folks are affected by United States immigration law. I recently contacted an attorney friend about a personal injury legal matter involving my family. In an effort to support my immigration practice, she enthusiastically offered to refer potential clients to me, because, she said, “Even illegals get hurt.” I chose not to launch into a lecture about most of my clients being legally in the United States, but her comment continues to trouble me. This is why. There is a huge, intricate...

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H-2Bs: An Economic Necessity for Some

Resorts, landscapers and roofers are the types of Colorado businesses dependent upon seasonal foreign workers. The problem, these days, is that visas for these workers are extremely limited. Only a few of the employers who initiate the lengthy and expensive legal process of bringing these foreign workers to the United States are approved, and able, to hire the foreign workers they need because, by the time the workers are ready to come to the U.S., no more visas are available. The fixed number of 66,000 H-2B visas available annually is grossly...

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Young People Need a Dream

I met Juan at a fast food restaurant. Impressed with his friendliness and quick service, I introduced myself. We became familiar as I continued to patronize the restaurant; and Juan agreed, one day, to sit down to tell me his story. Juan is twenty-five years old and undocumented. He came to Colorado from Mexico in 1998 with his parents and two brothers. Juan’s parents were anxious to get their children out of Mexico, where the drug trade was becoming increasingly obvious in their daily lives. Juan is now working full-time at the fast...

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Repairing a Broken Immigration System

Comprehensive reform of our immigration system is a priority for the Obama administration and is now being considered by Congress. What, exactly, is meant by “comprehensive immigration reform” and why does it matter? Most folks, including immigration lawyers, believe that any reform must provide for securing our borders. By that, I mean admitting those who qualify and refusing admission to those who don’t. We must be able to accomplish both prongs of that objective effectively, or those who are not qualified to enter the United...

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H-1B: An Ally, Not An Enemy

What is an “H-1B”? The newest Hummer model? Maybe code for a cataclysmic event, like Y2K? A new, virulent virus? The H-1B I know is none of these but, rather, a visa allowing certain well-educated foreign nationals to work in the United States. Those who know, generally, what an H-1B is are likely to be unaware of the labyrinth of regulations the must be navigated in order to get, and keep, an H-1B. The H-1B visa is commonly requested by employers for prospective employees with bachelor’s degrees. The prospective employee must intend...

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At what expense do we restrict people from coming to the United States?

For the debut of this column, I searched for a powerful subject. My words needed to capture the reader and to stimulate thoughts about immigration. And then I got a call from one of my very first immigration clients. His story is my subject. He first came to the United States from his native country, Nigeria, in the late ‘70s as an exchange student. He graduated from a well-respected university in the Midwest, then received an MBA and a masters in finance and, eventually, a law degree. He started a securities business years ago. He now...

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