Review of Literature According to Pew Research Center estimates 20 of the

Review of literature according to pew research center

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influence the decisions of immigrants to keep their green cards rather than naturalize them. Review of Literature According to Pew Research Center estimates, 20 of the largest immigrant groups in the US recorded tremendous increases in naturalization rates between 2005 and 2015. However, the number has since dwindled significantly since then. One major reason for this drop is likely to be the increase in the application fees. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2008, the number of applicants reduced by 62% compared to the rates of 2007. This was down to the reason that a higher number of applications were filed in 2007 before the application fee rose from $330 to $595. The 2007 applications, therefore, spiked in anticipation of the increase in the fees, which was planned to take effect on July 30, 2007 (Krogstad, 2016). This, therefore, goes a long way to show the significance of financial barriers to green card naturalization. The financial barriers to naturalization are not emerging issues; they have been present for a long time. In their publication A Place to Call Home: What Immigrants Say Now About Life in America , Scott Bittle and Jonathan Rochkind (2002) claimed that the economy and the financial problems played a
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3 major role in influencing their attitudes towards green card naturalization back in 2002 (Bittle & Rochkind, 2002, p. 8). A survey of Latino and Caribbean adults showed that most of them cited several reasons why they have chosen not to apply for permanent citizenship, with their reasons being; the financial cost of application, lack of proficiency in English, and limited interest in applying. These barriers to citizenship or green card naturalization also affect immigrants from the US Virgin Islands, with their other reason being the close geographic proximity of their origin
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