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Tahmina is now a US Citizen!

Today, October 13, 2010, is a special day. I became a US citizen, joining many of my clients in the pursuit of the ultimate dream of becoming an American citizen.  The journey was an emotional one, which I was not expecting. I will write about my experience soon, but for now I will say   this-[…]

USCIS Raising Fees

USCIS announced that filing fees are going to be raised on November 23, 2010.  There will be an average 10% increase on fees, except the current naturalization application fee will remain unchanged.  The USCIS is introducing three new fees (see below). Copied from USCIS: SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting the fee[…]

The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test

The USCIS has created a video for people to learn about the naturalization process.  I think it is a great tool for applicants and would encourage my own clients to view the video before attending the interview.  Here is  the video: [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.946728&w=425&h=350&fv=file%3D%2Ffiles%2Fnativedocuments%2FNaturalization_Interview.flv]

USCIS Naturalization Test to Become Fully Implemented

All Citizenship Applicants to take the New Test Beginning Oct. 1 WASHINGTON —U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding the public that beginning Oct. 1, all citizenship applicants must take the new naturalization test, regardless of when they filed their Application for Naturalization (Form N-400). “Becoming a United States citizen carries with it extraordinary[…]

The American Immigration Lawyers Association – Washington Chapter: Dedicated To Helping Our Community.

As I am a relatively new immigration attorney, my practice relies heavily on the assistance I receive from the American Immigration  Lawyers Association (AILA).   AILA is a national association of more than 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Founded in 1946, its mission is to promote justice, advocate for fair and[…]

USCIS Awards $1.2 Million for Citizenship Grant Program

Reprinted from USCIS website: 13 Community-Based Organizations to Receive FY 2009 Funding   WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today announced a total of $1.2 million in grants for 13 organizations to support citizenship preparation programs for legal permanent residents (LPRs). This announcement falls on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day—established by[…]

WIL participates in Yakima Citizenship Day

Watson Immigration Law members attended Citizenship Day in Yakima, WA, on Saturday April 18, 2009.  Citzenship Day was organized by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and One America (formerly Hatefree Zone).  About 25 attorneys and paralegals provided pro bono legal advice to local people.  Almost 100 people attended and many people were able to[…]

Are you eligible to become a US citizen? Article published in Seattle South Asian Newspaper, February 2009

This article was first published in Seattle South Asian community newspaper in February 2009. Are you eligible to become a US citizen?   -By Tahmina Watson     Becoming an American citizen is an aspiration for many us who emigrate to the US.   In this article, I will discuss some basic issues about obtaining citizenship. […]