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Brighton Naturalization and Citizenship Lawyer
If you’ve been living in the United States as a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) for five years or more, you may be eligible to become a U.S. citizen through the process of naturalization. The same is possible after only three years for spouses of U.S. citizens.
But being in this country for a specified period of time is not the only requirement for obtaining citizenship.
Generally speaking, the applicant must be of good moral character, speak basic English, and have some understanding of U.S. history and government.
Furthermore, the applicant must have been physically present in the United States for the majority of their three or five years of permanent residency and at least 18 years of age.
What is the Naturalization Process?
When a foreign national (citizen of another country) who meets certain criteria decides to apply for U.S. citizenship, the legal process of becoming a citizen is called naturalization. After consulting with an immigration lawyer and determining eligibility, the next step in the naturalization process is to complete the application and provide necessary supporting evidence.
If you think you may qualify for citizenship through naturalization, it may be in your best interest to consult with an immigration lawyer immediately. Contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. today at (303) 880-7994 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.
To become a U.S. citizen, you will need to submit a significant amount of paperwork to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition to the standard naturalization forms, all applications must include photographs, applicable supporting documentation, and filing fees. You may also need to go to a specified location to have your fingerprints taken. Keep in mind that even minor mistakes can delay the process or result in a denied application, which is why it can be so helpful to work with an experienced immigration attorney by your side.
The naturalization timeline varies based on various factors, but the entire process usually takes between eight and eighteen months to complete. Becoming a citizen through naturalization has many benefits, including automatic citizenship for your children under the age of 18 who are permanent residents. U.S. citizens can also file immigration petitions for more family members than can permanent residents.
Why you Need a Brighton Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer
Once the application has been received, you should receive an interview and testing date (you will be tested on your knowledge of the English language, U.S. history, and government). Showing up to the interview prepared is one of the most important steps you can take in ensuring the approval of your application for citizenship. The legal team at the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. can help you prepare for this interview, including what to bring, what kind of questions will be asked, and how to dress.
Our experienced, knowledgeable immigration attorneys have the skills and resources to help you achieve your goal of U.S. citizenship by guiding you through the process, from start to finish. In addition to ensuring that your application is filed accurately and that you are prepared for your interview and tests, we can help if your application is “continued” pending additional information, or file an appeal if your application is denied. Furthermore, if certain barriers to citizenship exist, such as failing to file income taxes or having a misdemeanor offense on your record, our immigration team may be able to help you overcome these obstacles and clear your path to citizenship.
And when your application is approved, we can help you prepare for taking an oath of allegiance to the United States and officially becoming a U.S. citizen!
Contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. Today
If you are a permanent resident and have questions about the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, the skilled legal team at the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. can help. We have been helping clients protect their rights in Brighton and the surrounding areas for more than 15 years.
Our compassionate, knowledgeable lawyers understand that immigration issues can be highly emotional; these cases are often about keeping—or bringing—families together. As such, we will thoroughly review the details of your case to ensure that our legal strategy aligns with your unique goals and needs. The U.S. immigration system is complex, but we are here to take the burden off your shoulders and help you obtain the results you want in the quickest, easiest, and most cost-effective manner. Don’t go through this difficult process alone; we can help.
Contact the Law Office of John A. Anderson, Jr. today at (303) 880-7994 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.