India Becomes Second Largest Source of New US Citizens

India has secured its position as the second-largest source country for new citizens in the United States. According to a report released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a 65,960 individuals of Indian origin were naturalized as US citizens in the year 2022. This places India just behind Mexico in terms of contributing to the American citizenship pool.

India Becomes Second Largest Source of New US Citizens

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As per the CRS report a total of 969,380 individuals embraced US citizenship during the year 2022. Among them, individuals born in Mexico constituted the largest cohort, followed closely by those hailing from India.

One of the factors propelling India to its newfound status is the presence of a robust Indian diaspora within the United States. With an estimated 2.8 million Indian-born foreign nationals residing in the US.

The CRS report says approximately 42% of India-born foreign nationals in the US are currently ineligible for citizenship.

This eligibility constraint shows the complex interplay of immigration policies and individual circumstances that shape the naturalization.

In recent years concerns have been raised regarding the processing delays faced by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Economic opportunities characterized by career advancement and higher wages is a magnet for those seeking long-term stability.

The allure of the US education system renowned for its quality and accessibility, particularly for families with children.

Immigrants from different regions exhibit varying rates of naturalization, influenced by a multitude of socio-economic and political factors.

Immigrants from Vietnam, the Philippines, Russia, Jamaica, and Pakistan boast higher percentages of naturalized foreign-born individuals compared to their counterparts from Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador, and Brazil.

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Navigating the labyrinth of naturalization entails adhering to the stringent eligibility requirements outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Prospective citizens must fulfill criteria such as lawful permanent residency (LPR) for a minimum of five years.

With approximately 46 million foreign-born individuals residing within its borders. Among them a huge portion estimated at 24.5 million have already obtained naturalized citizenship.

Challenges persist with 42% of India-born foreign nationals in the US currently ineligible for citizenship. Efforts are underway to address these barriers with approximately 290,000 India-born individuals holding Green Cards or Legal Permanent Residency (LPR) status eligible for naturalization.

Concerns over processing backlogs for naturalization applications have been raised in recent years. There has been a commendable reduction in the backlog, with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reducing the number of pending applications by more than half since FY2020.

The percentage of foreign-born individuals who attain naturalized citizenship varies by country of origin. Immigrants from countries like Vietnam, the Philippines, Russia, Jamaica, and Pakistan exhibit higher rates of naturalization compared to those from Honduras, Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador, and Brazil.

The allure of career advancement and higher wages in the US compared to India is a driving force for individuals seeking long-term stability and prosperity through citizenship.

Access to the US education system is simplified for children of immigrants holding US citizenship presenting an incentive for families to pursue naturalization.

The relative political stability and democratic values upheld in the US offer a secure future for immigrants seeking refuge from political uncertainties in their home countries.

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