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Living in a new country will expose you to a wide variety of experiences. While many will be positive, some can prove to be confusing. To get ahead of any possible miscommunications or good intentions gone wrong, it’s important to learn about the taboos in your new country. What is considered rude, unacceptable, or socially… Read More

The American holiday season is traditionally surrounded by gifts, decorations, food, and family. Every culture has its own gift-giving customs and traditions, including in the United States. While American culture is very casual compared to most, there are still some gift-giving etiquette tips to consider.  Major American gift-giving holidays and events There are five major… Read More

As you start your new life in the United States, you may experience a period of culture shock. Everything seems new and strange, and so unlike the life you lived before. But the longer your time in America, the more you’ll find that its culture, people, and traditions may be very much like your own. … Read More

The citizenship test is one of the final steps in the long process of becoming a naturalized US citizen. The purpose of this step is to demonstrate your understanding of the English language and your knowledge of the US government and important American events, people, and places.  The citizenship test, sometimes called the naturalization interview,… Read More

The H-1B visa process can be tricky to navigate. Aside from the initial paperwork, interviews, and waiting process involved, it’s not over once you’ve been approved. As an H-1B visa holder, you must maintain good standing during your stay in the US, follow the correct renewal procedures and timelines, and inform USCIS of any changes… Read More

In the United States, October welcomes the fall season with pumpkin decorations and Halloween celebrations while November gives way to the uniquely American tradition of Thanksgiving. Between Halloween and Thanksgiving is a multi-day event with deep-rooted cultural traditions for Hispanic and Latin American communities – Dia de Los Muertos.  Dia de Los Muertos, or Day… Read More

Currently, there are two main ways to immigrate to the United States. The first and more common option is through a family-based visa. The second is through employer sponsorship. An employment-based visa may take less time than a family-based visa. And it may also provide you with access to financial and legal resources through your… Read More

If you are a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, you can sponsor other family members in their United States immigration. On average, a U.S. citizen sponsors about 3.5 family members, making family-based migration the largest group of new permanent residents each year. Immigration has a long history of being family-centric, but it wasn’t… Read More

When you think about American food, what comes to mind? If you ask Americans, many will say hamburgers, french fries, or anything fried, greasy, and fast. Chef Dan Barber believes that American food culture is a meat culture. Steak, chicken, bacon – if it’s meat, it can be found in an American plate. But what… Read More

T. Douglas Stump, principal attorney of Stump & Associates, has been recognized as 2020 Lawyer of the Year for his work in Immigration Law in Oklahoma City by Best Lawyers®. Only one lawyer per practice area and location can receive this recognition.  Best Lawyers® is the only purely peer-review guide to the legal profession and… Read More