You may be eligible to file an application for naturalization if you have your green card for 5 years or 3 years if you obtain your green card through marriage and you are still married to your spouse that sponsored you. There are many conditions and potential obstacles you have to address before filing for your naturalization. Some of which are 5 years of good moral character, no registration to vote or voting in a U.S. election, and a host of other issues that should be considered prior to applying for naturalization. The denial of your application for naturalization will most often lead to your case being referred to immigration court to start the removal process of removing you from the U.S.A. The Clarke Law Office, LLC provides knowledgeable legal advice and offers effective help in these often-distressing personal situations. One of the goals of the Attorney-Client relationship is for the clients to be able to leave the problem, regardless of what it is, with the attorney, so that the client will be relieved of the stress created by the problem. Our firm has a proven track record of successfully representing clients by providing them with professional legal representation in applying for naturalization and receiving their U.S. Citizenship. We have represented many families and individuals since 2003 in obtaining their U.S. Citizenship, and our system works and more importantly our clients are educated and informed throughout the whole process. Most successful cases are accomplished by the attorney and the client working together as a team to accomplish the goals of your U.S. Citizenship by providing legal service with integrity, through strategic legal planning, and educating you throughout the whole legal process.
You may be a U.S. Citizen already through your parents becoming a U.S. Citizen when you were a minor child. The laws are very difficult and date sensitive to determine whether you have become a U.S. Citizen automatically, thus it is wise that you seek consultation from a knowledgeable attorney. The Clarke Law Office, LLC can assist you with applying for your certificate for citizenship, although many people face difficulties with state or country legitimization laws we have successfully helped many clients obtain their certificate of citizenship.
Children born in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens, regardless of the immigration status of their parents.
Certain children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents are automatically citizens of the U.S.
A child born outside the U.S. may automatically become a U.S. citizen if both parents become U.S. citizens prior to the child’s 18th birthday. It does not matter if both parents naturalize, or if one parent is a U.S. citizen by birth and the other a U.S. citizen by naturalization.
Certain children adopted and in the physical custody of their U.S. citizen parents for at least two years may acquire U.S. citizenship. The child must be under the age of 16 at the time of the legal adoption.
The general rule is that anyone over the age of 18 who has been a legal permanent resident alien for at last five (5) years may apply for naturalization. The applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the five years prior to the date of filing of the application and must have resided for at least three months within the state in which the application is filed. The applicant must demonstrate good moral character, be attached to the principles of the U.S.
Constitution, be willing to bear arms on behalf of the U.S. or perform other work of national importance, and must not otherwise be barred from naturalizing, e.g., as having committed an aggravated felony. All naturalization applicants will be fingerprinted by the USCIS and have their criminal backgrounds reviewed by the FBI.
The applicant must demonstrate a basic ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
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- If you’re not a U.S. citizen or Permanent resident, you have to carry a passport.
- If you grossly overstay your B-2 Visa, you are out of status. Pay attention to Expiration Date on your I-94.
- If considering adoption, please adopt the child before 16 years of age.
- Any criminal penalty punishable by a year or more may subject you to removal hearing (including Deferred Adjudication).
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