Finding a clear path to citizenship is the primary goal of many undocumented
immigrants. There are a few paths to citizenship that are available for
undocumented individuals. However, eligibility for these paths depends
on the status of the person in question. Possible paths to citizenship include:
Green Card Through Marriage
This method is traditionally viewed as the easiest way to obtain citizenship.
However, the process isn’t as simple as it looks on television.
This is particularly true if the undocumented spouse entered the country
illegally. Additionally, the marriage must be legitimate and all previous
marriages must be lawfully terminated. Marriage fraud can result in a
felony criminal charges.
DREAMers Green Card Through Employment with Life Act Protection
In some cases, DREAMers who have attended higher education institutions
can become candidates for skilled jobs. Employers can sponsor an undocumented
employee for permanent residence. The LIFE Act allows undocumented immigrants
to finish their green card process in the U.S. However, a petition for
citizenship must have been filed prior to April 30, 2001.
To qualify for asylum status, you must:
- Be physically present in the US
- Unable or unwilling to return home due to persecution or fear of persecution
upon your return
- Not be engage in activities that might bar you from asylum
The reason for persecution must be tied to your race, religion, nationality,
membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
U Visa for Victims of Crime
The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act created what is
known as the U visa. The act is intended to protect non-citizens who have
been victims of certain crimes and those who have helped law enforcement.
U visas not only provide legal status and employment authorization, but
can also provide a path to permanent resident status in some situations.
Are you currently seeking a path to permanent citizenship? Our lawyers
can help you. We understand how complex and overwhelming the citizen process
can be. Let us put our skills to work for you.
Call (888) 491-8770, or contact our Cleveland team of immigration attorneys
to learn how we can assist with your case.