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Dual nationality acceptable and sometimes complicated

Kentucky residents may be United States citizens while also being nationals of a foreign country at the same time. The U.S. accepts dual nationality although it can pose dichotomies at times that are hard to reconcile.

What is the naturalization test?

The U.S. naturalization test assesses your familiarity with the country's language and basic history. If you are an immigrant in Kentucky seeking legal citizenship of the United States, this test will most likely be part of your naturalization process. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are a few potential cases in which you do not have to take the test, such as certain medical conditions. Another case in which you could opt out of part or all of the test is if you are over a specified age and have been a resident of the United States for at least 20 years. You may have up to two opportunities to pass.

Factors which may affect citizenship

When you apply for citizenship in Kentucky, it is natural to have many questions about the process. You may be concerned, though, about factors which may cause you to be denied citizenship. At Vickerstaff Law Office, PSC, we know that it is important for people to understand these factors, as well as the process to become a citizen.

How does a child acquire U.S. citizenship at birth?

For many, it is a priority to ensure that their children enjoy all the benefits of U.S. citizenship as they grow up in Kentucky. If you are currently expecting a child, you may wonder what conditions would confer this right to him or her at birth.

Children, teens celebrate U.S. citizenship

It is something special that they will treasure for the rest of their lives. It is the day they became U.S. citizens. We read recently of a citizenship ceremony conducted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for 50 children; most of them teens.

Are you safe under DACA? Recent headlines aren't optimistic

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allows hundreds of thousands of people here in the United States who are children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the country. If you meet certain qualifications, you could receive DACA status, which would guarantee your right to stay here in Kentucky for two years. In addition, you could receive a free work permit good for two years, and you may receive the right to apply for a driver's license.

Fighting for the dream of American citizenship

As readers of our Kentucky immigration blog know, there are three ways in which to be eligible to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. The first is to have permanent resident status and live in the U.S. for at least five years. The second: be married to a U.S. citizen, have permanent resident status and live in the U.S. at least three years. The third way is to be a permanent resident and have served in the U.S. military.

Immigrant restaurateur living the American dream in Louisville

If you scan through the CIA's World Factbook (a website open to the public) entry on Nigeria, you find data that paints an interesting picture of the emerging African nation. It has a very young population with low life expectancy rates (for men, life expectancy is 52 years, for women it's 54.) Compare those rates to the U.S., where life expectancy is 77 for men, 82 for women. The Gross Domestic Product per person there is about $5,000. In the U.S., it is about 11 times as much.