Immigration

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AS most people know, green card holders may apply for U.S. Citizenship after five years residence in the U.S.

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ACCUSED OF FRAUD AND ALMOST DEPORTED FOR NOT DISCLOSING HIS CHILDREN AT HIS VISA  INTERVIEW: Jerry (l.) claimed he was single (which he was) and childless (he had two children with his girlfriend) when he first came to the U.S. under a family petition. Five years later, when he applied for U.S. citizenship, Jerry claimed his two children as his dependents and he was accused of fraud. See how “attorney-of-last-hope” Michael J. Gurfinkel (r.) saved the day on a brand-new episode of your most popular immigration program on television — "Citizen Pinoy" — this Sunday, Dec. 5, at 5:45 p.m. PST.

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It is often assumed that once a foreign national obtains lawful permanent residence (a “green card”) in the United States, acquiring U.S. citizenship is simply a matter of waiting a period of five years. What many naturalization applicants may not realize is that eligibility for naturalization entails much more than residing in the U.S. as a green card holder for five years. This article will address some of common issues arising in naturalization applications that are nonetheless overlooked by many applicants.

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AN INNOCENT NAME CHANGE GOT COMPLICATED IN THIS SUNDAY’S CITIZEN PINOY: Yolly (l.) had a different name at birth — Jesusita. But because her parents did not like the sound of the nickname, Chita (which sounded like Tarzan’s Chimpanzee, “Cheetah”), they changed it to Yolanda for her baptism, and she has been known as Yolanda since then. But the name change proved to be a major obstacle in acquiring a green card for Yolly, as she was accused of fraud.

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Thanksgiving is when people take a step back and reflect on all of the wonderful things and events to be grateful for, and to give thanks to those people who played such a key role in helping us achieve them.

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