Houston Citizenship Attorneys
Obtain U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization
Many foreign nationals live and work in the United States for years with the goal of eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. To successfully carry out this process, the person who is seeking citizenship will have to meet various requirements and ensure that all paperwork is filled out correctly. When you have a chance at obtaining something as important as citizenship, it is crucial that you have the help of an attorney who practices immigration law and understands Adjustments of Status, dual citizenship laws, and other aspects of the naturalization and citizenship process.
At Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC, our citizenship and naturalization lawyers in Houston can provide you with guidance each step of the way. We can help you determine whether you qualify for citizenship, gather the appropriate documents and ensure that you are filling out your application as accurately as possible. With the help of skilled attorneys, you can greatly reduce your chances of having your application rejected or delayed because of errors.
How the Naturalization Process Works
The form that is used for applying for citizenship is N-400, which is the application for naturalization. Naturalization occurs when a person who was born in another country obtains citizenship by meeting a number of requirements.
Some of those requirements include the following:
- Permanent residency in the U.S. for at least five years, or three years in some cases
- Residency in the state where applying for citizenship for three months or more
- No long-term travel (trips lasting six months or more) outside the U.S. in the past five years, or three years in some cases
- Considered a person of good moral character (part of which means you have not been convicted of certain types of criminal charges)
- Ability to speak, read and write basic English (measured through a test)
- Basic knowledge of U.S. history and civics (measured through a test)
- Taking an oath of allegiance to the United States
There are certain exceptions to some of these requirements. In addition to meeting the above criteria, however, there are other steps that immigrants must take as part of the citizenship application process.
The steps for the naturalization process include:
- Processing your Form N-400 Application for Naturalization
- Attending a biometrics appointment, often involving taking fingerprints
- Undergoing a naturalization interview with a USCIS officer
- Taking a citizenship test
- Taking an Oath of Allegiance
Additional actions include submitting documents such as special forms, photos, copies of Green Cards, copies of marriage certificates or divorce decrees, etc. The naturalization process can take anywhere between 12 to 17 months.
Be sure to get the assistance you need when you are applying for citizenship in the United States. A complete and correct application is vital to successfully obtaining US citizenship.
If your application for citizenship was denied, you may file a request for another hearing in front of a different immigration officer within 30 days of the notice of the denial of your application. The new officer will review your application and follow the examination procedures. This can include testing the knowledge of the English language or performing another test on U.S civics.
Anyone seeking administrative review must complete Form N-336 and may also include a brief summary of other additional evidence that clarifies why they are eligible for citizenship. We may be able to get your application for citizenship in the United States approved by representing you with the appeal process.
Was your application denied? Our Houston citizenship lawyers were immigrants themselves and they have a thorough understanding of the entire legal proceeding. Contact Sebastian Simon Law Group, PLLC at (713) 839-0639 or (332) 330-9442 to request a case evaluation.
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