The process of becoming a United States citizen is called "naturalization." When and if you are eligible to naturalize and become a citizen will depend upon many factors.
For example, if you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen, you are generally able to apply for citizenship after three years as a permanent resident, not five. Yet, the time you have spent outside of the U.S. and what you did while you were gone may affect your eligibility date and the outcome of your application. Attorney Joe Adams can assist you in your naturalization application. Please call us at 800-448-5383 to arrange a consultation.
A Mistake On Your Application For Citizenship Can Cause Delay Or Denial
Naturalization law is very complex. You should meet with an experienced immigration attorney prior to filing any petition on your own. We, at Joe Adams and Associates, will thoroughly investigate your eligibility and determine if any remedial measures are necessary before filing.
Sometimes, applicants who do not consult with a lawyer before filing an application, do not understand that a past immigration or criminal violation is very relevant to determining eligibility. Consider that only a few years ago, USCIS would regularly deny naturalization applications if someone had a single DUI/DWI charge.
Potential problems to consider include:
- Have you ever been charged with, or arrested for a crime, including domestic violence?
- Have you ever overstayed your allotted period of time in the U.S. or been deported from the U.S.?
- Have you ever served in the military in certain countries, been involved in drug or human trafficking, prostitution, illegal gambling or any other illegal activity?
Applying for citizenship with any of these issues in the background might jeopardize your current status in the United States. It is very important that you discuss any issue, even a traffic ticket or DUI, or potential travel plans with your attorney before filing any paperwork with USCIS.
In many situations, we are able to take pre-emptive action to research and explain to the officer why you should still be able to naturalize. In other situations, we may advise that you wait a period of time before filing.
Contact Our Los Angeles Naturalization Lawyer
Obtaining U.S. citizenship through naturalization entitles you to all of the rights and benefits of a natural-born citizen. However, it is absolutely essential that you do not have any marks on your background that could land you in deportation proceedings.
To discuss your eligibility for naturalization, please schedule an appointment at 800-448-5383. You may also contact us online via email.