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Hire a Naturalization Lawyer to Guide You Through the Naturalization and Citizenship Process
If you are Looking for help on your journey toward United States citizenship, our top-rated naturalization lawyer is here to help!
What Does Naturalization Mean Under U.S. Immigration Law?
Naturalization is the legal process that allows foreign nationals to become U.S. citizens if certain requirements are met. U.S. citizenship entails many rights but also many responsibilities. Thus, the decision to become a United States citizen should not be taken lightly.
The United States naturalization process involves extensive documentation. It often involves first becoming a legal permanent resident and undergoing a significant waiting period. Once a person with lawful permanent residence (also known as a green card) meets the requirements for naturalization, they are eligible for obtaining citizenship in the U.S.
The naturalization process is challenging to navigate alone. For the best chances of success, it’s crucial to have the assistance of a team of experienced naturalization lawyers such as those from the Do Law Offices.
Who Is Eligible for Obtaining Citizenship or Naturalization in the United States?
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) manages all citizenship applications. You may be eligible to file a Form N-400 application if you are a lawful permanent resident and have lived in the States for at least five years after obtaining your permanent resident status (through family or business immigration, for instance.)
If you are a non-citizen and married to a U.S. citizen, your waiting time is reduced to three years.
Not everyone is subject to these waiting periods. In most cases, persons born outside the U.S. to parents who are U.S. citizens can easily obtain citizenship. This is known as birthright citizenship, and it also applies to persons born within United States territory.
Once you have obtained your citizenship status, deportation becomes impossible unless you acquired your U.S. citizenship through fraud. However, some factors may bar you from becoming naturalized in the first place, so it is critical to verify that you meet the complete requirements.
At first glance, the naturalization process may seem simple, but the requirements can be complex. For example, foreign nationals with criminal records may not only have their naturalization application be denied but may also be placed in removal proceedings. As such, please allow our experienced citizenship attorney to effectively assess your case to come up with a plan best suited for you.
Requirements for the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Process
Naturalization applicants must first familiarize themselves with the various requirements needed for naturalization. These requirements can sometimes be confusing, but immigration lawyers from Do Law Office can help you review them. They include;
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Must have lived in the States for at least five years, but certain exceptions exist.
- Must have been present physically in the United States at least 30 months before filing for U.S. citizenship.
- Should demonstrate knowledge of United States history and prove that you understand the function of the U.S. government. (This typically involves passing a civics test.)
- Must have resided for at least 12 weeks in the state where you filed your naturalization application.
- Must be able to write, read and speak English.
- Must have shown good moral character. (You may have trouble meeting this requirement if you have certain criminal charges in your record.)
- Must show positive affection and feelings towards the United States.
Hiring a Lawyer for Naturalization
Finding a good citizenship lawyer to provide legal advice and naturalization-related immigration services can sometimes be a tedious task. You want to get a lawyer who knows what they are doing and can help you with your Form N-400 U.S. citizenship application.
The naturalization process is very complicated, and it’s essential to do thorough research before deciding on the attorney you would want to represent you.
How to Get a Naturalization Lawyer
When looking for an immigration law firm, look for lawyers with years of experience and a solid history of positive customer reviews. Do Law Office is an excellent example of such with years of experience serving clients in all 50 states and worldwide.
Why Should You Get a Lawyer for U.S. Naturalization?
The truth is that U.S. immigrants are not always clear about the eligibility requirements needed during the naturalization application process. That is one of many reasons having reputable citizenship lawyers by your side is very important.
Benefits of Hiring a Naturalization Attorney in the U.S.
Some of the many benefits of having citizenship attorneys include;
They Avoid Mistakes
A straightforward mistake made is enough to make you lose your chances of getting your U.S. citizenship, or at minimum, delay the process. Filling the correct paperwork in the exact manner required by USCIS is crucial, and an experienced immigration lawyer can walk you through the right steps to apply for your citizenship.
They Explain to You All Your Options
Every situation has alternative options. Because the immigration system is so complex, knowing such options by yourself may be impossible. An immigration lawyer can advise you on which options suit your situation and help you weigh the pros and cons of each.
They Are Seasoned by Experience
The efforts put by a professional with years of experience in ensuring a naturalization applicant obtains citizenship cannot be understated. You want someone who has done this before for countless in the same position you are in. Understanding U.S. immigration law is one thing; it is another to understand how to succeed on behalf of clients. When you turn to Do Law Office, you will find precisely that.
Can a Citizenship Lawyer Come to Naturalization Interview With the USCIS?
Yes! You might have your citizenship lawyer accompany you to your USCIS interview even if you had not informed the USCIS officer that your attorney would be tagging along. Then again, the lawyer cannot stop the USCIS immigration officer from asking you questions. Regardless, having your attorney by your side can often make a difference.
How Much Does a Lawyer Charge for U.S. Citizenship?
While filing for your citizenship, you should also be filing separately to get a lawyer. Your lawyer will help you file all the citizenship documents and answer any questions that will be asked during the citizenship interview.
The filing fee for Form N-400 is $725, but this may vary depending on any other filing that you want to do with your citizenship application, like filing a waiver application or filing if you are filing for naturalization based on marriage.
The filing fees for naturalization also include the cost of processing by USCIS, fingerprinting and biometrics, translation fees, and a fee for the naturalization test (if necessary).
Get Reliable Citizenship and Immigration Services From the Best Naturalization Lawyer
Anyone who has gone through the naturalization process will tell you that navigating it is not easy. You would not want to do it without the top naturalization lawyers beside you.
At the Do Law Office, we are here to guide you through the immigration process and help you understand U.S. immigration law.
From the initial consultation to your naturalization ceremony, our citizenship lawyers are prepared to assist you each step of the way. Our team of lawyers has years of experience in immigration law, and we have worked with countless clients around the United States.
If you’re ready to get started, we invite you to reach out to us and let us help you embark on your journey to U.S. citizenship. We look forward to assisting you!
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