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Citizenship and naturalization

Among the most rewarding experiences for a US immigration and naturalization lawyer is to see a client gain American citizenship. But the road toward citizenship can sometimes be long and difficult; it takes an experienced and skilled law firm to handle the more challenging cases. Having a professional citizenship lawyer can help you iron out the legal bumps in the road to get you from your green card to citizenship as easily and quickly as possible. If you have been a legal permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States and now thinking about obtaining U.S. citizenship, an immigration attorney at the Federal Practice Group can help you determine if you qualify and guide you through the naturalization process.

What is NATURALIZATION?

If you are over 18 years old and want to become a U.S. Citizen, you will probably have to go through the naturalization process.  You must fulfill one of the following circumstances to apply for naturalization:
  • You have U.S. permanent residency (a.k.a. "Green Card") and have lived in the United States for five years
  • You haveasylum and have lived in the United States for four years
  • You are the spouse of a U.S. citizen and have lived in the country for at least three years
  • You are a permanent resident, have served in the United States military, and have been in the country for three years
If you qualify, you must prove that you have sufficient knowledge of U.S. history and government and can speak, read and write in english.  Our immigration and naturalization team can guide you through this process.  

Are there other routes to citizenship?

There are a few ways to beocme a U.S. citizen without going through naturalization, but most apply only to children.  For example, some children born overseas can gain citizenship because their parents are U.S. citizens.  However, there is a complex formula determining whether such children can gain citizenship see our Derivative Citizenship page for more information.

WHY YOU NEED A CITIZENSHIP LAWYER?

Because naturalization is such an important process, one mistake or voersight could result in major citizenship delays or even denials. To avoid potential mishaps, it is always recommended to seek the counsel of a qualified citizenship lawyer. An attorney at the Federal Practice Group will provide you with compassionate and professional service.  We dedicate time to each and every client in order to understand their specific needs in order to obtain citizenship. Your Attorney will have an in-depth knowledge of the specific procedures and documentation required to complete a successful petition, making this service invaluable to anyone looking for a smooth and timely citizenship process. Our team works to avoid any potential delays in order to give clients the best opportunity in obtaining U.S. citizenship.  Our success rate gives our clients the confidence they need to navigate this process.  To arrange a meeting with an attorney or discuss our fees, it's best to call our office and schedule a consultation so that we can learn more about you and your unique case. Astrid Longwood is an Associate with the Federal Practice Group focusing on immigration matters. Please note the information in this column is not intended as legal advice nor constitutes a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of any legal matter. To schedule a consultation to review your naturalization case, call (202) 862-4360.