U.S. citizenship comes with several benefits. These include the right to vote, protection from deportation, the opportunity to work for the United States government, the ability to sponsor your foreign family members, and unrestricted travel.
If you aren't an official U.S. citizen, there are two primary ways of becoming one: proving your birthright citizenship or completing the naturalization process.
At The Law Office of Jason A. Dennis, our experienced New York City citizenship lawyers have handled immigration and naturalization cases involving wide-ranging issues. Whether you need legal advice about the naturalization process, defending your rights as a citizen when immigration status is being questioned, or claiming birthright citizenship, our team is dedicated to helping you get a favorable outcome.
At The Law Office of Jason A. Dennis, our immigration attorneys have worked with thousands of permanent residents interested in United States citizenship. We help applicants for citizenship overcome any challenges that might come up along the way.
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- Examining whether a criminal conviction may prevent you from becoming a U.S. citizen or put you at risk of deportation proceedings when applying for citizenship.
- Getting a waiver of the language requirements or citizenship test for people over 55 or who have lived in the United States for more than 20 years.
- Ensuring that employment or divorce issues won’t threaten the interests and rights of permanent residents whose original visas were based on work or marriage.
- Considering the impact of extended travel abroad during the United States residence period.
- Resolving tax problems before the application for citizenship.
- Identifying reasons for claiming acquired citizenship or derivative citizenship based on family circumstances.
Our team will review your citizenship application carefully and your eligibility for citizenship while addressing any complex immigration matters that might affect the naturalization process.
What are the Requirements for Citizenship in the U.S.?
An individual who wishes to become a U.S. citizen must meet certain requirements. First, they must have lived in the U.S. for a certain period of time, which is often referred to as a continuous residence. Those with a permanent residence status must have lived in the United States for the last 5 years. A person who has lived in the US as the spouse of a U.S. citizen; must have lived in the country for the last 3 years. For military members who are law-abiding permanent residents, the residency requirement is also three years.
You must show a physical presence in the United States for the last 30 months within the last five years or 18 months for applicants with a continuous residence requirement of three years. Further, a citizenship applicant must exhibit good moral character and, U.S. history, showcase knowledge of the English language (with some exceptions), and knowledge of government. Finally, you must establish loyalty to the United States.
Related: U.S. Visa Types and Requirements
How to Navigate the Citizenship Process
You can still become a United States citizen through the naturalization process. Before you start, you must first get a green card or lawful permanent residency.
To apply for U.S. citizenship, you will use Form N-400 or the Application for Naturalization. First, you must attend a biometrics appointment before your official interview with a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer. During his interview, you must defend your eligibility for U.S. citizenship and showcase your ability to read, write, and speak in English, and basic knowledge of U.S. history. If your citizenship application is accepted, you'll take an Oath of Allegiance at the naturalization ceremony.
One requirement that is often challenging to meet for citizenship applicants is “good moral character.” This requirement is valued highly by the immigration courts, and even a minor misdemeanor can significantly affect your cause. Our experienced NYC immigration attorney understands how the USCIS interpreted “good moral character”, so our defense team can effectively defend your situation and portray you in the best possible manner.
If you hire an experienced immigration lawyer from The Law Office of Jason A. Dennis for your naturalization application process, you can have peace of mind because a reliable legal advocate will fight fiercely for your future.
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The New York City citizenship and immigration attorney and staff at The Law Office of Jason A. Dennis have first-hand experience with the naturalization and immigration process. Our defense team has been helping clients throughout New York City achieve the dream of citizenship for decades and we can help you, too. Contact our skilled immigration attorneys in New York City today at 516-494-7373 or contact us through our online contact form for creative solutions to your complex immigration matters.