Are you ready to realize your full American dream and become a U.S. citizen? U.S. citizenship is the last step in your immigration journey and the highest immigration level you can achieve. You can keep your U.S. citizenship for life and also keep your other citizenships as long as your other country of citizenship recognizes dual citizenship. Do you want to never worry about renewing your green card? Do you want to sponsor family members to come here? Perhaps you would like to be able to vote in elections? Maybe you want to travel to many countries without needing a visa?
5 Things You Need to Know Before Applying for Naturalization
You have been a Lawful Permanent Resident for three, five, or more years and you feel ready to file your application for naturalization. Should you do it?
You should first consult with an experienced immigration attorney before filing for naturalization to make sure it is the right thing for you to do, especially if:
- You have been arrested at any time, even if it was many years ago and you completed all the conditions of your sentence or probation
- You misrepresented yourself in any immigration application in the past or at any port of entry
- You were previously in removal proceedings or any proceedings before the immigration court
- You have lived outside of the United States for extended periods of times
- You are currently working, studying, or volunteering abroad, or have been living outside of the United States because of your work or family
How Our Team Can Help You
Filing for naturalization may feel like a breeze after having gone through the immigration process of getting your permanent green card approved. However, you should always approach any immigration petition, including your naturalization application, with the same level of detail and thoroughness because you have not gone this far in order to get your case delayed or denied. Our Team will discuss with you all the eligibility requirements and will guide you in proving to the agency that you meet all of them. We will also explain to the process in detail and what to anticipate, as well as discuss any potential issues that might come up. Applicants who are ineligible for citizenship not only risk getting a denial on their applications, but they can risk their Lawful Permanent Resident Status and can be put in removal proceedings.
The Law Office of Melissa Anderson has successfully represented clients before USCIS in diverse and complicated naturalization applications. Maybe you are a U.S. citizen already because you derived it from your parents but you don’t know for sure or you don’t have any proof of it. For example, we may be able to prove that clients without status or are about to be deported derived U.S. citizenship and obtain U.S. passports. Call us today to talk about what we can do to help you with your naturalization or citizenship application so you can finally start enjoying the privileges of being a United States Citizen.
Our experienced team can assist you with the following:
- Analyzing whether you derived U.S. citizenship from one of your parents or family members
- Analyzing your criminal history to prepare the best strategy for your case and maximize your chances of approval
- Providing the agency with the legal basis of why you are still eligible to apply, even with a criminal conviction in your past
- If you are ineligible to apply, advising you on steps to resolve the ineligibility, if possible, such as post-conviction relief
- Helping you identify any past misconduct or misrepresentation in your immigration history that may make you ineligible for citizenship
- Calculating your time spent abroad to determine whether you will be able to meet the physical presence and continuous residency requirements
- Helping you in determining whether your work abroad can count towards your eligibility requirements
- Preparing you and representing you at your naturalization Interview with USCIS
- Responding to a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny
- Representing you in naturalization appeals before USCIS and the Federal District Court
Contact the Law Office of Melissa Anderson
Call our Nashville office 615-750-5886 or 615-925-2041 or send us an email to schedule a consultation with our team.