A lot of foreigners plan to obtain U.S. citizenship, as it could enable them to pursue ample professional opportunities. Not just for the immigrant, but citizenship opens new doors for the immigrant’s family as well. Whether a foreign-born individual is in search of excellent career and work prospects or wants their children to receive top quality education, getting U.S. citizenship can be one of the factors that make all this come true. In order to achieve this goal, it is crucial to understand the entire process of naturalization and citizenship as well as have the ability to navigate the challenges that the process presents. That is exactly where the role of a highly experienced and competent immigration lawyer with a background in naturalization and citizenship comes into the picture.
An expert immigration lawyer will guide individuals at every step of the naturalization process including filing important documents, preparing and reviewing the application to avoid issues and problems and complete the entire process in a hassle-free manner and successfully obtain citizenship.
If you are in search of a top immigration lawyer for expert guidance and personalized attention through the process of naturalization, feel free to reach out to the Law Office of Tuan Le in Orange County, CA.
What is Naturalization?
Naturalization is a process which enables a foreign-born individual to become a citizen of a particular country. If you were born outside of the United States, you can use the process of naturalization to become a U.S. citizen. You will become a citizen of the United States after the USCIS grants you permanent residency of the country in a completely lawful manner.
Naturalization is both an important as well as a complicated process. Unless you seek help from an experienced immigration lawyer, issues and problems can easily arise at multiple steps of the process.
If you plan to apply for the naturalization process, you will need to fulfill all the essential requirements set forth as per the Immigration and Nationality Act. Once naturalized, you will no longer remain a resident. Instead, you will become a proud citizen of the United States. As a result, you will obtain the privileges and rights that other citizens of the country are entitled to. If you have been a permanent resident of the United States and yet don’t know whether you are eligible for naturalization, feel free to talk to Mr. Tuan Le, who represents individuals from around the world before the USCIS, AAO, U.S. immigration courts, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and BIA.
Ways to Citizenship
Do not confuse the process of naturalization with citizenship. Naturalization refers to a process of applying for citizenship whereas citizenship is actually becoming a citizen on specific grounds.
There are two ways to acquire U.S. citizenship: citizenship by birth and citizenship by naturalization. If an individual was born to a U.S. parent or within the United States, he or she will acquire citizenship by birth. The process of naturalization is the other option to obtain U.S. citizenship. If an immigrant couple is granted citizenship of the United States through naturalization, their child will acquire citizenship at birth. This means there will be no need for the child to complete the naturalization process to become a citizen of the United States. The child’s birth certificate is proof of their U.S. citizenship.
How Our Immigration Lawyers will Help You Obtain Citizenship
The United States immigration law as well as the entire immigration process are quite complicated and difficult to understand. Most of all, these laws continue to evolve with a change in presidency. Naturalization is an important part of immigration law. The process of naturalization consists of several steps before an individual can become a US citizen.
In order to get naturalized and become a U.S. citizen, you first need to find out whether you are eligible for the process. The USCIS provides a worksheet to help foreign-born individuals and immigrants to determine their eligibility for naturalization. The sheet contains a total of 15 questions. If you can answer Yes to all these questions, you will likely have naturalization eligibility. But the terminology used in these matters is hard to understand for people. It is a good idea to turn to an immigration lawyer, who specializes in the process of naturalization and acquiring citizenship, and find out whether you are eligible to apply for citizenship in the U.S.
Making mistakes can cause a wide range of issues and delay the entire process. Worse still, your application may get rejected altogether or your case denied. For example, having an issue in your immigration or criminal history can lead to denial. You may also have to face deportation proceedings as a result of the immigration issues.
Since every case is unique, our lawyer will closely review your citizenship case and develop the most ideal solutions to your problems as well as make sure no mistakes are made in your application forms.
Our immigration lawyer will help you with:
Filling Out Forms: It is extremely important to read the form between the lines and furnish the required details in a proper manner. To apply for naturalization, you will need to fill out Form N-400. There are two ways you can file: online and by mail. If you fail to fill out the form in a proper manner, your application can be rejected or denied and you could lose your filing fees. So, seek the help of an experienced lawyer.
Supporting Documents: Before you submit the form to get naturalized in the United States, you should make sure all the supporting documents are in order. The USCIS provides a document checklist to help applicants complete all the paperwork in a correct and proper manner.
Biometric Data Submission: The USCIS will send you the date, time and location for your biometric data collection. As per the scheduled appointment, you will be required to submit biometric data including a digital signature, photographs and fingerprints to complete the application process.
Interview with USCIS: You will be interviewed by the USCIS personnel. It is extremely important to prepare for this ahead of time. You will need to take an English Test and a Civic Test to prove your English-speaking skills and knowledge of the history of the United States. You will be required to answer all the questions at the interview.
After you have completed the application process for naturalization, you will either be Granted or Denied U.S. citizenship. In many cases, you will pass the English and Civics Test but the USCIS will want you to submit some more documents. So, you should prepare and complete each step properly. At the Law Office of Tuan Le, you will have expert guidance throughout the entire application process, so that you can be granted U.S. citizenship without any delay or mistakes.
Our Immigration Lawyer will Help You Avoid These Mistakes When Applying for Naturalization
Unless you have a legal expert by your side, it can be easy to make several mistakes in the naturalization process. In addition to filling out all the application forms in a correct manner and enclosing all the required documents, you should make sure you do not make these mistakes.
Not having “enough physical presence”
Not meeting “continuous presence” requirement
Not completing three months of residence in the current location
Failing the Civics Test
Failing the English Test
Not showing a “Good Moral Character”
Miscalculation of your physical presence in the United States will result in the denial of your naturalization case. In addition to having “enough physical presence” in the United States, the applicant will also need to fulfill continuity of residence requirement in order to qualify for naturalization. There are some specific cases where the applicant may be exempted from the “enough physical presence” requirement. Also, the number of days an applicant must have spent in the United States varies depending on their type of Green Card holder.
To find out more in this regard and avoid the top mistakes, you should reach out to the Law Office of Tuan Le. Based in Orange County, CA, our experienced lawyers help and represent individuals from all over the world before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the Board of Immigration Appeals and immigration courts all over the U.S.
Need Expert Legal Help to Get Naturalized in the United States?
Whether or not your U.S. naturalization application will be approved depends on a number of things. Right from determining your eligibility and filling out the forms to getting all the supporting documents in order and clearing the interview and the Civic and English tests, you will need to do proper preparation in order to be granted United States citizenship. A highly experienced immigration lawyer such as Mr. Tuan Le will work hard to get you ready, represent you and get the results you need.
For your free consultation, reach out to the Law Office of Tuan Le in Orange County, CA, and find out how we can help you.