Naturalization

November 13, 2020 - 4:57 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — An updated U.S. citizenship test will require applicants to answer more questions than before and could slow down the number of tests held each day, experts said. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency on Friday announced the updated test now has 128 civics items to...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2020, file photo, Aisha Kazman Kammawie, of Ankeny, Iowa, takes the oath of allegiance during a drive-thru naturalization ceremony at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has transformed under President Donald Trump to emphasize fraud detection, enforcement and vetting, which has delayed processing and contributed to severe fiscal problems. Its revamp came as the administration sought to cut legal immigration by making it more dependent on employment skills and wealth tests. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
November 01, 2020 - 11:05 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a “nation of immigrants” in its mission statement. The son of a Peruvian immigrant added language about “protecting Americans” instead. L...
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A demonstrator takes a mock copy of Cyprus passport during a demonstration against corruption outside of the conference center in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Protesters called for the resignation of Cyprus' Parliamentary Speaker Demetris Syllouris amid corruption allegations involving the country's now defunct citizenship-for-investment program. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
October 20, 2020 - 8:13 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission launched infringements procedures Tuesday against Cyprus and Malta over their “golden passport” programs, in which wealthy people can acquire EU citizenship in exchange for an investment. The EU's executive said the lucrative schemes are in violation of EU...
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September 29, 2020 - 10:20 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday halted major fee increases for citizenship and other immigration benefits three days before they were to take effect, saying the last two chiefs of the Homeland Security Department were likely appointed illegally. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White found...
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Bawi UK, 22, is photographed in his apartment in Providence, R.I., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. UK was a small child when his parents fled Myanmar, leaving him and his siblings to be cared for by their maternal grandmother. UK said the family suffered discrimination as Christians in a predominantly Buddhist nation. The military government was also trying to forcibly conscript his father. "To run for office, you had to be a Buddhist; to rent a house, you had to be Buddhist," said UK, a social work student at Rhode Island College and a youth leader at the Refugee Dream Center, an advocacy organization in Providence. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
September 28, 2020 - 4:00 am
PHOENIX (AP) — They came fleeing war and persecution in countries like Myanmar, Eritrea and Iraq, handpicked by the United States for resettlement under longstanding humanitarian traditions. Now, tens of thousands of refugees welcomed into the U.S. during the Obama administration are American...
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September 21, 2020 - 5:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer was charged on Monday with being an “intelligence asset” for the Chinese government who agreed to spy on U.S. supporters of the Tibetan independence movement. Baimadajie Angwang, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Tibet, worked since 2018 as an agent for...
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First lady Melania Trump speaks to the 2020 Republican National Convention from the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 26, 2020 - 12:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Republicans make the case for a second Trump term at their convention, trouble is brewing outside. A potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane is bearing down on Texas and Louisiana and will likely test the administration’s emergency response capabilities. California is...
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First lady Melania Trump speaks on the second day of the Republican National Convention from the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 25, 2020 - 11:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump portrayed her husband as an authentic, uncompromising leader in a Rose Garden address Tuesday night as President Donald Trump turned to family, farmers and the trappings of the presidency to boost his reelection chances on the second night of the scaled-...
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Pamela Lam and her son stand in Hong Kong, Friday, July 3, 2020. Lam's 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem, "Glory to Hong Kong," the first time he heard it and sings it quite often. The Chinese painted on wall reads: "See you on street at July 1." Lam agreed to be photographed only if her face was not shown, fearing possible retribution from authorities. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 12, 2020 - 9:16 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Pamela Lam’s 6-year-old son fell in love with the Hong Kong protest anthem, “Glory to Hong Kong,” the first time he heard it, and he loves singing it, at home, in the shower, and sometimes on the streets. A sweeping new national security law, though, has made singing it in public...
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This photo provided by the family shows Carlos Manuel Sandoval with his wife, Rosa, in their kitchen in south Phoenix in the early morning hours of Dec. 25, 2015, after a Christmas Eve celebration with their family. The man known as Don Manuel never stopped hearing the siren call of the sea after he and his family moved to Arizona from their native Guaymas, a port on the southwestern Mexican state of Sonora on the Sea of Cortez. He had three children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandkids. Sandoval died June 30, 2020, from complications of COVID-19 at age 65. (Courtesy of the Sandoval Family via AP)
August 07, 2020 - 9:17 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Manuel Sandoval lived for decades in Phoenix on the edge of the Sonoran Desert, but he never stopped hearing the siren call of his birthplace — Guaymas, Mexico. More than a quarter-century after he moved with his family to Phoenix and they all became U.S. citizens, Sandoval...
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