Helping You on the Path to U.S. Citizenship
While the road to U.S. citizenship may be complex and lengthy, gaining U.S. citizenship status at the end of it can be well worth the journey. As a U.S. citizen, you gain civil liberties such as the right to vote in public elections. You can obtain a U.S. passport. Also, you have protection from deportation. These types rights and freedoms are much sought after. Obtaining knowledgeable immigration legal counsel can be of great help in navigating the complexities of the U.S. citizenship process. At Fazli & Associates, we provided trusted legal counsel to those seeking for become U.S. citizens. Whether it be to answer your questions or help as you fulfill the many application requirements, Fazli & Associates is here for you.
Am I Eligible to Become a U.S. Citizen?
There are four central ways of obtaining U.S. Citizenship. You may be eligible to obtain citizenship through birth. In the alternative, you may be eligible through acquisition. The main requirement for this type of citizenship eligibility is that at least one of your parents was a U.S. citizen at the time you were born. There is also citizenship through derivation available in certain cases. When a parent naturalizes, his or her minor children, the ones who still live with the parent, may be eligible to “derive citizenship automatically if they are permanent U.S. residents. Lastly, a person may obtain citizenship through the naturalization process. The naturalization process is when a person who is not born in the U.S. seeks to become a U.S. citizen. Each of these means of U.S. citizenship eligibility have further requirements that must be met. If you are seeking U.S. citizenship, consult with the attorneys at Fazli & Associates. We can help you explore your citizenship options as well as help you navigate through the specifics of the process.
What is the Process for Becoming a Citizen through Naturalization?
In order to become a citizen through naturalization, certain eligibility requirements must be met. For instance, you must have lawful permanent residence status. This means, with few exceptions, you are required to have a green card in order to apply for U.S. citizenship. Beyond this central requirement, other relevant factors in U.S. citizenship eligibility include:
How long you have been in the U.S.
English language proficiency
Knowledge of U.S. history and government
Once you have evaluated your eligibility for U.S. citizenship, it is time to see if you are able to address and resolve any factors that may make you ineligible. You may have spent too much time outside of the U.S. to apply for citizenship. You may have been convicted of a minor crime which put showing you are of solid moral character into question. These things may not be insurmountable barriers. It may simply mean that you will need to wait longer to be eligible for citizenship. There may be other steps you need to take to resolve the issue.
Once eligible for U.S. citizenship, you need to file the necessary paperwork with U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS). You will need to attend a biometrics appointment in order to have your fingerprints taken. Your fingerprints will be run through FBI databases, among others, as part of your background check. Once your background check has cleared, you will receive an interview appointment with USCIS. The interview will include testing your ability to speak in English as well as your knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and civics.
After successful completion of the USCIS interview, you must attend a ceremony where you will be given an oath in which you swear loyalty to the U.S. This is the final step in the naturalization process. At the end, you are given a certificate of naturalization.
Immigration Help for those Seeking to Become U.S. Citizens.
The joy and relief that comes with gaining U.S. citizenship can be immense. The naturalization process, however, can seem difficult and frustrating. Fazli & Associates is committed to helping those who wish to become U.S. citizens. We are here to answer your questions and stand by your side as you work through the process. Contact us today.