Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Many immigrants from the U.S. want to make their stay in this country permanent. With the assistance of a citizenship & naturalization attorney, there are several steps one can take to make this happen. One of the most important ones is getting a green card. However, a green card, which allows permanent residency in the U.S., still won’t give you the same rights as a U.S. citizen. A green card doesn’t guarantee you will be allowed to remain in the country indefinitely.
This can create a lot of issues for many immigrants who may even have families in the U.S. All these problems can be avoided as a naturalized citizen.
Here are some of the rights you gain by becoming a U.S. citizen:
Voting, and even running for certain offices
Attain a U.S. passport
Apply for employment reserved solely for U.S. citizens
Help family members come to the U.S. as well
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Naturalization vs. Certificate of Citizenship:
What’s the Difference?
Both naturalization and citizenship prove that you are a United States citizen, though they are not exactly the same thing.
A Certificate of U.S. Citizenship is available to someone who derives citizenship from U.S. citizen parents. For instance, if you are born to U.S. citizen parents while living abroad, you may be eligible to apply for a certificate of citizenship, as long as you meet certain eligibility requirements.
Naturalization is how most immigrants gain U.S. citizenship. With some exceptions, naturalization generally requires the following:
- Live in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 5 years, and remain in the country for at least 30 consecutive months;
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Have no criminal record;
- Complete a naturalization application (Form N-400);
- Go through an interview;
- Demonstrate you can speak English fluently;
- Pass a U.S. history test.
Once you go all through these steps, the final reward will be a naturalization ceremony and receiving your certificate that shows you are now a U.S. citizen. It’s a dream that many immigrants have, and with the right citizenship lawyer by your side, it can become a reality.
Get in touch with a citizenship and naturalization attorney from the Moore Law Firm today to find out more.
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Why You Need a Naturalization and Citizenship Lawyer
Naturalization or citizenship isn’t given lightly in the U.S. When you apply for citizenship, you’re entire immigration history and personal background is reviewed. For most people who are considering taking this step, this can be quite a stressful event.
In a worst-case scenario, a citizenship application could lead to deportation if the case uncovers certain issues. For this reason, you should consult with an experienced immigration attorney before you apply for naturalization, to review any potentially serious issues you may not even recognize.
In other instances, you may not be deported, but the application may be delayed because of an unforeseen issue. Even something as minor as not having 30 consecutive months physically present in the U.S. for the past 5 years can mean you are not eligible for citizenship yet. And then, the entire process must be restarted.
We can help you avoid these issues. Our citizenship attorneys can analyze your case and discover any potential ‘threats’ that may prevent you from getting the citizenship. Get in touch with Moore Law Firm now for a consultation.
We’ll help you every step of the way!