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December 2017 Archives

What is the diversity program and can I use it to get a visa?

Since it is a random drawing, whether you, residing in Kentucky, can secure a visa through this program will depend on more than just your diversity. The application process requires some planning and document gathering, as well as adhering to a deadline for the year in question.

Am I eligible to become a citizen through naturalization?

You may be able to become a United States citizen via the naturalization process in Kentucky if you meet certain criteria. First, before becoming a citizen, you must have been a green card holder for a certain amount of years. In other words, you have to have secured legal permanent residency, first and foremost.

What happens if I overstay my visa?

If you entered the United States through one of the dozens of temporary visa programs, you likely had a particular reason for coming to this country. Such visas cover professions such as athletes, religious workers, students, skilled laborers and those with extraordinary talent in a variety of industries. Because of the limited number of visas offered each year, you can consider yourself fortunate to have obtained your permit to come to Kentucky and work.

I am an asylee -- am I eligible for a green card?

Those who live in Kentucky as an asylee, or a person who has been granted asylum in the United States, can eventually apply for permanent residency in the form of a green card after a year of living in the country. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, you must properly fill out and file the I-485 form to get the process started. This is the application to change your status and it can only be filed at a time in which you are physically in the country. That is not the only requirement you will need to meet, though. For starters, you must have been physically present for an entire year -- one or more -- in the time since you were granted asylum.

What are some tips for passing the citizenship interview?

Becoming a U.S. citizen is an important and serious process. If you live in Kentucky, you have to follow the same federal laws for securing citizenship as others in other states. This includes passing the citizenship test. Part of the test is the interview, which can be very intimidating. That is why preparation is important.