Our Los angeles Citizenship Lawyers can help!
When you have decided to apply to become a citizen of the United States of America, it is in your best interests to seek the help of a Los Angeles Citizenship attorney to guide you through the process of naturalization. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that in 2019 about 10% of naturalization petitions were denied. Depending on the jurisdiction the denial rate can be as high as 50%.
U.S. Citizenship is obtained either by birth, derivation or naturalization. U.S. citizens may live and work in the U.S. permanently, and can not lose this status by extended travel abroad. U.S. citizens have many benefits and privileges, including the privilege of voting in U.S. elections. U.S. citizens may petition for the permanent resident status of their parents, spouses, children and siblings.
- Generally, 5 years in permanent resident status Three years may be sufficient for those married to U.S. citizens. Members of the military and veterans may qualify even sooner.
- Generally, physical presence, continuity of residence, and good moral character standards
- Satisfactory exam results in U.S. government, history, and civics as well as the ability to speak, read, and write English [Some exceptions to the testing requirements exist based upon age and duration of permanent residency, as well as medical limitations.
When you apply for U.S. citizenship, you give U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) an opportunity to reopen your file and to double check whether you actually deserved all the immigration benefits you have received thus far. This can lead to denial of the application or even deportation.
There are many issues to consider. Among them are:
- Long Stretches of Time Outside the U.S.
- Criminal Records (including Shoplifting, and DUIs)
- Multiple Marriages
How We Can Help You
Path to Immigration provides assistance in determining an individual’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship through naturalization. We guide those planning future naturalization with issues impacting eligibility, such as extended travel. We represent individuals in connection with applications for naturalization.
Naturalization by birth or derivation can present complex situations. In such cases, we assess the merits and proof of the claim. When appropriate, we represent individuals seeking certificates of citizenship.
Contact Us Today To Schedule A Free Consultation In One Of Our Los Angeles Offices. We Look Forward To The Opportunity To Serve You.