At Commonwealth Law Group - Immigration Attorneys, we assist individuals in obtaining United States citizenship through what is known as the Naturalization process. Becoming a U.S. Naturalized Citizenship is a huge milestone in one’s life, and we can ensure that your case is processed with the utmost care.
Filing your U.S. Naturalization with an Attorney here at Commonwealth Law Group - Immigration Attorneys gives you the following benefits:
Professional and Streamlined Filing of Your Naturalization Packet
We provide you with a step-by-step checklist of what you require
We conduct several Pre-Interviews before your actual Citizenship Interview
We prepare you for the typical Civics Questions on the Test
We represent you at the Citizenship Interview and attend the appointment by your side.
How do I know if I qualify for Citizenship?
In order to become a U.S. Naturalized Citizen, you should:
Be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years or three years if you obtained your green card by marriage
Must have basic knowledge of the English language, ability to read, write and speak
Must learn a portion of the U.S Civics Questions (we assist you in this process)
Must be of person of good moral character (no crimes involving moral turpitude)
If you are a Green Card Holder - Why it is important to become a Naturalized U.S. Citizen?
Once you become a U.S. Naturalized Citizen, you will be able to rid yourself of the green card restrictions from Immigration and live life as a Citizen.
A Green Card is only temporary, and you must renew your residency prior to the expiration date (typically 2 years, 10 years) This is why there is an expiration date on your card.
A U.S. Green Cards can be revoked by the U.S.;
A crime of 20 years ago (and today) can place you in Deportation Proceedings;
A U.S. Green Card Holder can be detained at a U.S. border and refused entry into the U.S. as a result of a Presidential Executive Action (On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order preventing many green card holders (from Muslim Countries) from entering the U.S. for potentially 90 days;
Biggest Misconception - U.S. Permanent Residency is Forever
Most green card holders are under the impression that U.S. Residency is forever, and they can simply keep renewing their green cards. This is false.
A Green Card is a privilege from the U.S. - NOT A RIGHT.
As a firm who deals with complex immigration deportation cases, we know firsthand that a U.S. Green Card Holder can be deported from the U.S. under certain circumstances.
A green card holder may be deported or unknowingly abandon their residency for the following reasons:
Being outside of the U.S. for more than 6 months out of a year
Be convicted of a crime - a crime involving moral turpitude (no matter when the crime occurred)
Being convicted of fraud
What if I Have a Criminal Conviction from the past?
Immediately Protect Yourself!
If you have a criminal conviction (i.e. drugs, domestic violence, theft, fraud, fraud, etc) on your record, it does not automatically disqualify you from applying for U.S. Citizenship. Unfortunately, we have seen firsthand that the longer you delay seeking immigration advice, the more difficult your case can become and create more issues down the road.
You may be able to qualify for U.S. Naturalization, depending on:
The type of crime;
When the crime occurred;
Length of time as a U.S. Green Card Holder;
Rehabilitation after the crime;
Expungement your Criminal Records;
If you received: Diversion, Prop 36, DEJ,
What if my U.S. Citizenship is already denied?
At Commonwealth Law Group - Immigration Attorneys, we handle many cases who receive denials prior to obtaining our services. You may have options, and we can assist you with:
Appeals of denials of Citizenship
Request for Re-Hearing or Re-Evaluation
Re-Applying for Naturalization
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