NEW N-400 APPLICATION FOR NATURALIZATION FORM
Last month, USCIS issued a revised Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This new form includes a technologically advanced 2D barcode at the bottom of each page to help USCIS directly add the data into their systems. Additionally, it contains clearer instructions involving the eligibility requirements and application process as well as new questions relating to moral character and the security of the U.S. Beginning May 5th, older versions of the Form N-400 will not be accepted. Please contact the office if you have any questions about your eligibility to file for U.S. citizenship, especially if you have issues arising from prior arrest or delinquent child support.
IMMIGRATION PREVENTS AGING CRISES IN AMERICA
A newly released report shows that in Japan, South Korea, and several European countries the elderly population is growing quickly, leading to concerns about healthcare spending and social support for this demographic. By the year 2050, the median age in Germany will be 51 while the median age in America will be 41. The median age in Nigeria will actually be 21! The U.S. is in decent shape due to a 28% population growth thanks to immigrants. In addition to expanding our overall population, immigrants generally have more children than Americans do. According to a Pew Research Center study of data from 1960 to 2005, immigrants and their offspring account for 51% of the rise in the U.S. population. Looking ahead at the next 45 years, immigrants and their offspring are projected to contribute 82% of the total population increase.
IMMIGRATION REFORM DELAY IN CONGRESS
Several Republicans in the House of Representatives are slowing the push for immigration reform, citing their concerns about tackling this issue during an election year and under the leadership of President Obama. Many have said that an overwhelming distrust of the President is becoming an obstacle to an immigration overhaul. The issue is not over, but there will likely be no breakthrough regarding immigration reform in Congress this year. Republican Tom Cole explained that advances in immigration reform will probably be slower than most Democrats would like to see and that the top immigration issues of the House deal with border security and enforcement measures, rather than offering a direct path to citizenship which is a main goal of the Democrats.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office!
Susan W. Scheer and Staff