Naturalization is the end of a long journey for foreign nationals. The requirements for naturalization can be complex and confusing. Further, the presence of a criminal record, regardless of the severity, might result in not only the denial of naturalization but also being placed in removal proceedings. Our highly qualified naturalization lawyers in Atlanta can assist you in transitioning from lawful permanent residence (Green Card) to naturalized US citizenship.
Do I Qualify for Naturalization?
GENERALLY, YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR NATURALIZATION IF YOU MEET ONE OF THESE CRITERIA:
You have held lawful permanent resident status for at least four years and nine months.
You have held lawful permanent resident status for at least two years and nine months and you are married to a US citizen and living together.
You have qualifying service in the US Armed Forces.
What Are the Requirements for Applying?
ALTHOUGH THE ACTUAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING ARE DETAILED AND SPECIFIC, THE FOLLOWING ARE GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
A period of continuous residence (either 4 years and 9 months or 2 years and 9 months, depending upon whether the application for naturalization is based upon marriage to a US citizen) and physical presence (half of the either 5 or 3 year period preceding the application, depending upon whether the application is based upon marriage to a US citizen) in the United States.
The ability to read, write, and speak basic English.
A knowledge and understanding of United States history and government.
Good moral character (generally regarding criminal record and payment of taxes).
Agreement to support the United States Constitution.
Willingness to take an oath of allegiance to the US.
How Is My Family Affected?
IF YOU ARE NATURALIZED, YOUR CHILD MAY QUALIFY FOR AUTOMATIC, DERIVATIVE CITIZENSHIP IF YOUR CHILD:
Was under 18 at the time you naturalized.
Is residing in the US as a lawful permanent resident.
Is residing in the US in your legal and physical custody.
What Are My Next Steps?
Call Antonini & Cohen to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced, competent, and knowledgeable naturalization attorneys. We have extensive experience in recognizing every possible issue involved in filing for naturalization. This is the only way to ensure that you don't waste the substantial filing fee or risk being placed in removal proceedings when filing for naturalization.
We know how. Call us.
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