People come to the United States from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this nation home. Eight million people who live, work and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about 8 percent of them naturalize each year. Why?
The naturalization process that leads to U.S. citizenship can be challenging, complicated and expensive. In some cases, it can require legal expertise to avoid deportation.
For instance, the cost associated with the application process, including the application fee, has increased from $35 in 1983 to $680 today. The current average cost of hiring an attorney to file the application and accompany the applicant to the interview process is $2,000.
As pending immigration reform dominates the headlines, the nation