Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). During a consultation, the attorney at Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi will carefully review the potential client’s eligibility for U.S. naturalization. If a green card holder applies for naturalization without being eligible, at the very least the applicant will lose the substantial amount of government fees and, at worst, she or he risks being deported from the U.S. This application for naturalization should therefore not be treated lightly and should only be undertaken after thorough analysis of eligibility.
The Constitution and the law of the United States give some rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States. However, some rights are only for citizens, such as:
You May Qualify for Naturalization if:
Note: You may already be a U.S. citizen and not need to apply for naturalization if your biological or adoptive parent(s) became a U.S. citizen before you reached the age of 18.
If you are a green card holder of at least 5 years (or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen), you must meet the following requirements in order to apply for naturalization:
Complicated factors for eligibility include any extended absences from the U.S., even seemingly minor criminal offenses, history of financial support of dependents, and the required knowledge of English language, history and civics. We at Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi have the expertise to guide individuals through every step of the naturalization process, regardless of complexity.
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