We Can Help You Obtain Citizenship Through Naturalization
Naturalization is the process by which an individual will become a lawful U.S. citizen. There are various steps that must be taken and certain eligibility requirements that must be met. If you fulfill these requirements and your application is accepted, then you may be granted citizenship by the United States government. There are various prerequisites and requirements that have been established by Congress in the immigration and nationality act, these requirements include:
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must be a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
- You must have maintained consistent residency for the past five years
- You must be of good moral character and have refrained from criminal activity
- You must have at least an elementary understanding of the English language
- You must have a basic understanding of U.S. history and politics
There Are Only Two Ways To Become A Citizen
For those who are not born in the U.S., citizenship is granted into two ways:
- Through the naturalization process
- Derived or acquired citizenship through parents
The attorneys of Georgalas & Juarez, L.P.A., can assist with the applications for either scenario. Our immigration practice represents immigrants throughout the United States.
What Is Involved In The Naturalization Process?
To apply for naturalization you must fill out an application called the N-400 form. Once this application is processed, you will be required to meet with an employee from USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) for an interview. In this interview, you will be tested on your understanding of English and U.S. politics and history. Subsequent to this interview you will receive notification that your application has been accepted or rejected or is continuing. If you receive notice that your application is continuing, then additional documentation is required or you need to retake a test.
Barriers To Naturalization
Past immigration violations, such as unlawful entry or overstaying a visa, can make a person ineligible for citizenship. Certain criminal convictions can also be a barrier to naturalization, whether the offense occurred in the United States or in the home country. Continuous residency in the United States can also be an issue.
We have extensive experience with difficult cases. Our lawyers have helped immigrants who have “black marks” on their record overcome these obstacles to become eligible for citizenship. If there is something in your history or a recent matter that might jeopardize your dream of becoming an American citizen, please reach out to us to discuss what can be done to fix your status.
Allow Our Immigration Firm to Help!
Georgalas & Juarez, L.P.A., can assist you through the application process for citizenship. We have a long history of success in helping individuals in various immigration matters. We understand the stress and anxiety that you may be experiencing, and you can be sure that we will work with you through this process if you choose to employ our skilled services. Our firm serves clients throughout the United States, including Michigan, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Indiana.