What Are Stateless Noncitizens in the United States?
Many people take their citizenship for granted. Even those who are not citizens of the United States have a passport, a birth certificate, and other important records associated with other nations. But some people are not associated with any nation. These people have no ties to any country, and they encounter serious issues not just in the United States, but anywhere else in the world. But what exactly are stateless noncitizens in the United States, and how can these people pursue positive immigration outcomes?
The Definition of a Stateless Noncitizen
Under international law, a stateless individual is a “person who is not considered as a national by any State under the operation of its law.” Essentially, this means that the person in question does not have a nationality.
People may become stateless or they may be born into statelessness. Sometimes, people have a legitimate claim to citizenship in a particular country, but that nation may not honor their obligations, and they may refuse to recognize the individual as a citizen.
People may be born into statelessness if their parents are not recognized by any state. Being born into statelessness is also possible if the nation of their birth does not recognize “jus soli” or “jus sanguinis” nationality. These give people citizenship based on where they were born or the nationality of their parents, respectively.
People may also become stateless if their country ceases to exist. Many nations have ceased to exist over the years, including East Pakistan, Yugoslavia, and the Soviet Union.
The DHS Offers Protections to Stateless Individuals
Over the past few years, the DHS has offered increasing protections to stateless individuals. In 2021, the DHS announced that it was enhancing various protections for stateless noncitizens:
- Adopting an official definition for stateless individuals
- The elimination of barriers to citizenship
- Facilitation of work and travel
- Working alongside the United Nations
On August 1st of 2023, the DHS reiterated this commitment and announced new training protocols for USCIS personnel on the subject of stateless individuals.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Immigration Attorney in Palm Beach County?
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Palm Beach County immigration attorney, look no further than the Devore Law Group. We know that stateless noncitizens encounter serious issues in the United States, and we’re here to help these individuals overcome such issues. Book your consultation today to discuss your options and get started with a solid action plan.