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USCIS UPDATES FORM N-400 FOR NATURALIZATION APPLICANTS

Recently, USCIS made changes to Form N-400, the application used to apply for US citizenship, aka naturalization.  

Importantly, the updated Form N-400 introduces a third gender option, marked as “X,” to recognize individuals with non-binary or other gender identities beyond the traditional male and female categories. For pending N-400 applications filed using previous versions of the form, applicants have the opportunity to request a gender change to “X” , ensuring alignment with their true identity.

Next, applicants filing Form N-400 now can request an original or replacement Social Security number (SSN) or card directly through the N-400 application process. When someone becomes a US citizen, or changes immigration status, SSA must know in order to apply that information to their SSA accounts and also to communicate status to various state and federal agencies for reasons including employment authorization purposes and licensing. By including the request for a new SSA card via Form N-400, the individual no longer needs to separately communicate with SSA to make sure their citizenship status is properly updated after obtaining US citizenship.  

At Cambridge Immigration Law, we recognize the importance of staying updated with these changes and are dedicated to assisting applicants throughout the naturalization process. Our team is here to provide guidance and support, ensuring that every individual’s path to citizenship is navigated with ease and confidence.

NAVIGATING DIVORCE AND IMMIGRATION

NAVIGATING DIVORCE AND IMMIGRATION

For many immigrants, the journey toward obtaining lawful U.S. residence is filled with challenges and complexities. When major life events, such as divorce, occur, the stakes become even higher, often leading to increased stress and uncertainty. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the implications of divorce on U.S. immigration status and how individuals can navigate this intricate legal landscape with the guidance of experienced immigration attorneys.

The Impact of Divorce on Immigration Status

Divorce can have far-reaching consequences on an individual’s immigration journey, depending on various factors such as their residency status and stage in the immigration process. For those in the midst of petitioning for a marriage-based green card, a divorce can halt the application process altogether. Regardless of whether the divorcee is the applicant or the sponsoring spouse, the dissolution of the marriage renders the petitioner ineligible to apply for lawful permanent residence through their spouse.

Challenges Faced by Conditional Residents

Conditional residents, specifically those married for less than two years at the time of admission to the United States, encounter unique challenges when seeking to remove the conditions of their green card. Divorce complicates this process, as individuals must provide compelling evidence of the authenticity of their marriage, despite the dissolution, to petition for permanent residence successfully. This requires thorough documentation and strategic legal advocacy to navigate the complexities of the immigration system effectively.

Moreover, conditional residents who divorce before the expiration of their two-year conditional green card may face additional hurdles. USCIS scrutinizes such cases closely to ensure that the marriage was not entered into fraudulently for the purpose of obtaining immigration benefits. Therefore, divorcees must demonstrate the legitimacy of their marriage and provide extensive evidence of the relationship’s bona fides to overcome this scrutiny.

Navigating the Renewal Process for Permanent Residents

In contrast, permanent residents, who have been married for at least two years at the time of admission, experience fewer immigration implications due to divorce. While their status remains largely unaffected, renewing their green card every ten years may still benefit from legal counsel to ensure accuracy and compliance with immigration regulations. With the guidance of experienced immigration attorneys, permanent residents can navigate the renewal process with confidence and peace of mind.

At Cambridge Immigration Law, we understand the challenges and uncertainties individuals face when divorce intersects with immigration matters. Our dedicated team of attorneys offers comprehensive legal support, guiding clients through the intricacies of the immigration system with compassion and expertise. Whether you’re navigating a green card application, seeking to remove conditions on your residence, or renewing your permanent resident status post-divorce, we are here to advocate for your rights and pursue the best possible outcome for your case.