Your mistake or your money back

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Appealing a case denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can be quite expensive. If a visa is denied, reopening, reconsidering, or appealing costs $630 – often as much or more than the fee for the underlying benefit denied. The denial of a naturalization application is appealable with a fee of $650.  The total fee for an application to naturalize is $680. When I think of appealing, my first instinct is to think that there is an ambiguity in the…

Some considerations if we amend the 14th Amendment.

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The way U.S. citizenship law works is that being born here usually makes one a citizen. As the Fourteenth Amendment stated, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” This was a change from Article I, Section 2, of the Constitution, which states, “Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several states which may be included within this…

Naturalization granted but appellate court seems dubious

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

In this blog, I usually address cases in the Ninth Circuit and do not rummage around in other circuits. However, today I am interested in a case out of the 4th Circuit, which covers Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. It sits in Richmond, Virginia, which was the capital of the Confederacy. The case is Cody v. Caterisano. In the case, Mr. Cody, who is an Irishman, was accepted into the United States Naval Academy. Ordinarily, according…

More FBI Name Check news

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

On November 30, 2007, USCIS, through Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, made some promises about speeding up the name check problem applicants are facing. It promised to put more resources into clearing name checks, or more accurately, paying more to the FBI to speed things up. It is hard to tell if name check clearances have actually sped up since. We will need more statistics to see. The problem for permanent resident applicants went away when USCIS announced on February…