The US Department of Homeland Security data reveals that there was an overall decline of six percent in the FY2017, but nearly 4,500 more Indians took the oath in US to become its citizens. This is next only to Mexico which recorded increase of 15,009, or 14% in naturalization. For Indians the figure is 4,614, or 10 %. In the opinion of the Immigration Experts presently it is tough to become US citizens.
Additionally, the US President plans to have a cap of 30,000, for the number of refugees that can resettle in the USA next year. This figure is the lowest ceiling on the refugee program since it was created in 1980.
The impressive performance in naturalization comes after a report that there was a growth of 8.3 lakh, for Indian immigrants, entering the country during the last seven years. Seven lakh persons obtained US citizenship, during the period between Oct 1st, 2016 and Sep 30th, 2017. The share of Indians was seven percent.
Moreover, in comparison to the previous year, additional 4,600 Indians received US Citizenship during 2017. The process of naturalization grants US Citizenship, to overseas nationals who meet applicable requirements. After this happens, they get the voting right also. As a rule, only Green Cardholders can use the naturalization process. A Green Card is a permit letter, for living and working for a long term. With the prevailing circumstances in the US, and the focus on jobs for its citizens, many Green Card-Holders are taking the route of US citizenship.
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