46,000 Indians were granted the US Citizenship in 2016 which was the second highest after Mexicans. Mexicans continued to remain the top receivers of US Citizenship. 6% of the total nationality was granted to Indians. In the fiscal year, 2016 (1 October 2016 -30 September 2016) citizenship was conferred by the Government of US on 7. 53 lakh individuals. These statistics were revealed recently by the Department of Homeland Security in the US.
There is a marginal turn down in the numbers of citizenship granted on a yearly basis. Migration from Mexico is already showing negative growth. The scrutiny of applications has been enhanced. Also, there is an increase in the refusal of applications based on odd factors dating old for many years.
Ambiguity with regards to policies for work permits has prompted a huge increase in the number of citizenship applications. 9.72 lakh nationality applications were filed in 2016. This was a hike of 24% when compared with previous year. 7.83 lakh applications were filed in 2015, as quoted by the Economic Times.
Usually, no more than green card holders are permitted for naturalization. A green card is an authorization to reside and work in the US for a long period. Flux in the visa policies of the US and importance on enhancing job opportunities for nationals are influencing several green card holders to apply for citizenship.
Indians are increasingly recognizing the worth of citizenship said Asian Americans Advancing Justice President John. C. Yang. AAAJ is a not for profit body. Citizens are entitled to specific safeguards and privileges. The most important is the right to vote and extra job options. Immigrants are more alert for the requirement to be safeguarded owing to anti-immigrant rhetoric added Yang.
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