Naturalization is the process through which most foreign individuals obtain citizenship status in the United States. While this may be a simple and straightforward process for most individuals, for a majority of others it may be a complex and even potentially risky process. At Legalize Me, our attorneys have the requisite experience in successfully handling complicated naturalization applications for clients of various backgrounds. We will look at the specific facts of your case and conduct a detailed review of your immigration history to determine whether you are a good candidate for filing for naturalization. If we determine that the risks are too great, we will advise you not to proceed with the naturalization process.
Requirements for Naturalization
In order to successfully navigate through the naturalization process and obtain U.S. citizenship status, the following requirements must be met:
- You must have continuously and physically resided in the United States for a specific amount of time.
- You must be able to read, write and speak the English language, although you do not have to fluent.
- You must have a general knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government.
- You must have good moral character.
- You must have a favorable disposition towards the United States.
- You must have some type of attachment to the principles set forth in the U.S. Constitution.
Although all applicants in the naturalization process must demonstrate good moral character and have a favorable disposition, our naturalization attorneys may be able to waive or modify the other requirements for certain applicants, including members of the military, some elderly individuals, and spouses of current U.S. citizens.
Special Circumstances Negatively Affecting the Naturalization Process
When you apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, your background will be scrutinized by government officials handling your application process. Making certain mistakes may ultimately pose serious obstacles in obtaining naturalization. At Legalize Me, our naturalization attorneys will identify and evaluate any potential issues, such as a criminal conviction or any other problems with the law. We will help you address these issues and determine the best way possible to present the facts of your specific situation in the best light possible to help you become a U.S. citizen.
Benefits of Becoming Naturalized
Although the naturalization process is complicated and may require you to hire an experienced naturalization attorney for assistance, there are also great benefits that may outweigh complications. Some of these advantages include:
- Voting rights in federal and state elections.
- The ability to assist family members in seeking permanent residency. Although this can also be done as a green card holder, the process is much quicker and simpler for U.S. citizens.
- Obtaining a U.S. passport to travel abroad.
- Eligibility for federal grants and scholarships.
- The absolute protection of deportation from the United States.
Contact an Experienced Naturalization Attorney Today!
For more information about the naturalization process or to schedule a free consultation with our immigration attorney Michael S. Carrillo to discuss your immigration needs, please call Legalize Me toll free at 800-554-8778.
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