Naturalization

The five people being naturalized as American citizen, take the oath of allegiance in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 19, 2019 - 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome "the five newest members of our great American family" during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office. In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and...
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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, after returning from a trip to the southern border. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 11, 2019 - 9:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says changes are coming in the way that the U.S. handles temporary H1-B visas, which allow American companies to bring high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. from abroad. Trump tweeted Friday that those who hold the temporary H1-B visas can "rest...
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In this Nov. 28, 2018, photo, lawyer Shoichi Ibusuki, center, speaks during a press conference in Tokyo, on the problems in Japan's technical intern program, with Eng Pisey, right, Cambodian technical trainee and Huang Shihu, left, Chinese technical trainee in Tokyo. Ibusuki, lawyer specializing in labor cases and supporting victimized foreign students and interns, called the internship program as a disguise to use trainees as mere cheap labor and should be scrapped and replaced with the new program underway. Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were due to vote Friday, Dec. 7, on a government proposal to allow hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work in a country that has long resisted accepting outsiders. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 07, 2018 - 5:53 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to approve legislation that would officially open the door to foreign workers to do unskilled jobs and possibly eventually become citizens. Lawmakers were due to vote late Friday on a government proposal to allow hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to live and work...
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In this Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 photograph, children attend class at the Velyka Dobron High School in Velyka Dobron, Ukraine. A new education law that could practically eliminate the use of Hungarian and other minority languages in schools after the 4th grade is just one of several issues threatening this community of 120,000 people. Many are worried that even as Ukraine strives to bring its laws and practices closer to European Union standards, its policies for minorities seem to be heading in a far more restrictive direction. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)
November 14, 2018 - 4:38 am
CHOP, Ukraine (AP) — The Hungarian minority in western Ukraine is feeling besieged. A new education law that could practically eliminate the use of Hungarian and other minority languages in schools after the 4th grade is just one of several issues threatening this community of 120,000 people in...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. US officials say stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 01, 2018 - 2:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens. That's according to several U.S...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. US officials say stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 30, 2018 - 10:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stricter Trump administration immigration policies have stymied Pentagon plans to restart a program that allowed thousands of people with critical medical or Asian and African language skills to join the military and become American citizens, according to several U.S. officials...
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Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez is sworn in as a U.S. citizen at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Field office in Tukwila, Wash., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (Mike Siegel/ The Seattle Times via AP)
September 24, 2018 - 8:54 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners teammates stood and applauded and "God Bless America" played on speakers when Felix Hernandez entered Seattle's clubhouse after becoming a U.S. citizen. A native of Venezuela, the 32-year-old pitcher passed his citizenship interview Monday and was among 74 people from 36...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2018 file photo, Michael Avenatti is interviewed on the Cheddar network, Thursday, May 10, 2018, in New York. Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of an adult film star, offered some details on his policy views Tuesday as he weighs an outsider Democratic bid for the White House. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
August 14, 2018 - 2:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of adult film star Stormy Daniels, offered some details on his policy views Tuesday as he weighs an outsider Democratic bid for the White House. Fresh off a visit to early-voting Iowa, Avenatti said he would...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a Pakistani recruit, 22, who was recently discharged from the U.S. Army, holds an American flag as he poses for a picture. The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship - at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Aug. 8 and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately. (AP Photo/Mike Knaak, File)
August 09, 2018 - 5:04 pm
The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant...
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In this release by Chiang Rai Public Relations Office, Mongkol Boonpiam, left, receives an identity card denoting Thai citizenship from Somsak Kunkam Sheriff of Mae Sai during a ceremony in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Mongkol Boonpiam, Adul Samon, and Pornchai Khamluang, three of the young soccer players players who had been trapped for almost three weeks in a cave in northern Thailand —— and 25-year-old assistant coach Ekapol Chanthawon, who had been with them, had been stateless, their lack of citizenship not only restricting their upward mobility, but even their right to travel outside of Chiang Rai, the northern province where they live. A fifth boy on their Wild Boars soccer team who was not in the cave but had applied for citizenship was also granted it. (Chiang Rai Public Relations Office via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 8:56 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Three young soccer players and their coach, who were rescued with other teammates after almost three weeks in a flooded cave, were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday. All four had been stateless, and their lack of citizenship deprived them of some basic benefits and rights,...
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