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Record numbers: more than one million immigrants become US citizens

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) reported on Wednesday that more than one million immigrants are set to become US citizens in the 2022 fiscal year, the highest in 15 years. According to USCIS data, a total of 1,023,200 people received United States citizenship between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022, of whom 967,400 were adults.

“This is the largest number of naturalized citizens in nearly 15 years,” he said in a statement. In 2008, over one million people were also naturalized. The agency says in the report that delays in citizenship processes were reduced by 62% in fiscal year 2022.

According to his graphs, there were about 300,000 accumulated in 2019 and about 500,000 in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The figure was stable for part of 2021. “Each immigration case assigned to us represents an individual or family seeking to build a better life in the United States,” USCIS Director Ur M. Jaddu said in the statement.

“We have made remarkable progress toward building a more humane immigration system,” he said, attributing this in large part to appropriations provided by Congress.

Since the end of the pandemic, during which the borders were closed, there has been an increase in the number of immigrants obtaining permanent residency (the famous Green Card), as well as the arrival of foreign students, tourists, and other immigrants with the required documentation. has also increased.

To become a US citizen, immigrants must be at least 18 years old and legal permanent residents who have lived in the country continuously for at least five years, or three years if married to an American.

Marriage between an undocumented person and a US citizen is a common situation in the United States; However, it may represent some doubt about the immigration future of the member of the relationship who does not have papers.

It should be noted that the United States prefers under its law that immediate family members, such as spouses, minor children, and parents of citizens may remain in the country.

These are the most frequent scenarios that may occur in this case, immigration officers should study each case as the cost and result in approval may differ.

In the event that the spouse has entered the United States illegally, the benefits of obtaining a residence card for an undocumented individual outweigh the risks and costs of the process, as indicated by Boundless , which is a site specialized in immigration issues.

If the spouse entered the country legally but overstayed, the process for legal stay may be the same as if they entered with a valid visa or had access to the Visa Waiver Program Receive. Leaving the United States until the situation has resolved is not recommended, as entry may be denied for years.

If the future spouse entered the country illegally, he or she must return to the country of origin to apply for residency there. That is, when the residency in the United States has been less than 180 days, a residence card is requested for subsequent visits to the marital residence.

*With inputs from AFP.

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