How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Posted on January 04, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

“I didn't flee a dictator or swim an ocean to be an American like some do. I just thought long and hard about it.” 
― Craig FergusonAmerican on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot


Researching How to become a U.S. citizen?  If you already have a Green Card and feel like you’re ready to take the next step in your immigration process, read this before you take action.

 

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Law and Order

Posted on December 12, 2016 by Kathryn Karam

There was a push for law and order.

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Unraveling 30 Years of Immigration

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Kathryn Karam

Immigration Lawyer in Houston:

Unraveling 30 Years of Immigration History

In almost nine years of practicing immigration law, I have had the opportunity to handle many challenging and difficult cases. Some cases are challenging simply because the facts make it difficult to know what outcome we can expect, while others are challenging because the present situations not directly addressed in our immigration laws. And then there are people who have been in the U.S. for 20 or 30 years without a resolution in their case.

KNK Blog: Permanent Resident? Apply for Citizenship Now

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

In 2008, Hurricane Ike caused severe damage to much of the Houston area. It happened just weeks before the Presidential election in which Barack Obama would become the first Democratic Party President elected to office since Bill Clinton. This time is particularly vivid in my memory – I had moved to Houston the year before and was in my first year of practicing immigration law. Several of my clients had applied for citizenship, and their applications had been approved. They were eager to vote in the election, but there was one problem – they had to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States before they actually became citizens and could vote. In Houston, we have Oath Ceremonies once per month, often with over 1500 people who have been approved to become citizens naturalizing at each ceremony. When Ike came through, it caused damage to the facility at which the oath ceremony was to take place. The Houston Chronicle published an article entitled Ike Put Their Citizenship- and Their Votes – On Hold. Then the Houston U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office found a new venue for the ceremony and it occurred in time for new citizens to register to vote in the November 2008 election. My clients and many others approved for naturalization breathed a sigh of relief.

Doing Business in America

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

Kathryn Karam Participates in “Doing Business in America” roundtable hosted by the Galleria Microsoft Retail Store. Kathryn talked about

2015 TOP LAWYER

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

Kathryn Karam rated as a 2015 TOP LAWYER by the Houstonia Magazine. We are very proud and honored to have received the award this year.

USCIS Website on Executive Actions on Immigration

Posted on November 25, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS has posted a page outlining of some of the Executive Announcements announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014.

Veteran's Day Message from Kathryn N. Karam PC

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

On Veterans Day, I am thankful to all of our Veterans for their service to our country. In particular, I remember my experience representing a Desert Storm Veteran a few years ago. He had been a permanent resident for many years. He had also been convicted of possession of cocaine in 1986. He had turned his life around, and he served our country for many years with very good reviews from his supervising officers. He was honorably discharged when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Over 20 years after his conviction, when he applied to renew his greencard, he received a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court for a controlled substance conviction. We successfully persuaded the government to terminate his removal case and applied for citizenship under military naturalization provisions. He became a United States citizen just before Christmas in 2011, and it was one of the most rewarding cases I have been involved in. He was thanked for his service to our country at the conclusion of his naturalization interview and the Immigration Service noted that they would make a special announcement about him at his oath ceremony.

USCIS Expands Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" to include Gestational Mothers using ART

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS announced today that it has issued a new policy clarifying the definition of mother for immigration purposes to include mothers and parents who used alternative reproductive technology to conceive.

Kathryn Karam named to Houston Business Journal 40 Under 40 Honorable Mention List

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Kathryn N. Karam was named in the Honorable Mention category of the Houston Business Journal 2014 40 Under 40 List.

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