R+B star Usher's new movie love interest is fighting to become an American citizen.

Canadian actress Emmanuelle Chriqui is determined to follow her acting dreams after starring alongside the R+B hunk in new movie IN THE MIX - and that means becoming American.

The pretty brunette, who boasts French, Jewish and Moroccan roots, says, "It's a tough process. I have to apply for my green card and wait to get approved and get all the doctors' tests and all this stuff."