For many immigrants, obtaining U.S. Citizenship is the ultimate dream. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), more than 2.3 million permanent residents have been become naturalized U.S. Citizens in the last three years.
Naturalization can be a tricky process, and you’ll want to make sure that you meet all the requirements. The lawyers at The Law Store TM are here to help guide you through the process.
The Naturalization Process
U.S. Citizenship is obtained by filing USCIS Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. With the application, you must submit documentation that shows you are eligible for naturalization. Once your application is reviewed, you will be interviewed in person by USCIS. Only after that will USCIS issue a final decision on your application. If your application is approved, you will be required to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
U.S. Citizenship comes with many benefits. Among other things, as a U.S. citizen you will be able to:
- More easily obtain citizenship or green cards for family members
- Travel freely across U.S. borders
- Obtain federal employment
- Be eligible for in-state college tuition and scholarships
- Be eligible for federal employment and government benefits
It should be noted, however, that by filing the Form N-400, you are inviting USCIS to investigate your records and history. If you have any concerns about what they might find there, you should consult an attorney before submitting your application.
Common Reasons for Denial
Having a naturalization application denied can be devastating in pursuing your life goals. That’s why it’s crucial to enlist an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that your application is complete and accurate. You don’t want to be denied due to a simple error in paperwork.
Some of the most common reasons for Form N-400 denials include:
- Failing the English or civics tests that are part of the initial interview
- Failing a criminal background check
- Failing to satisfy physical presence or continuous residence requirements
- Failure to pay taxes or meet other financial requirements
- Perpetuating fraud on the USCIS or lying in your interview
Why You Should Consult An Immigration Attorney
Immigration can be an extremely confusing process. With something as important as citizenship on the line, it’s important to enlist the help of a professional to alleviate the stress and ensure that your application is properly filed.
There are many people out there who are more than willing to charge you for immigration advice. Unfortunately, most of these people, specifically notary publics, are not qualified to give immigration legal advice.
At the Law Store, licensed attorneys are available to provide you with the accurate legal advice that you need at affordable prices. Our lawyers are experienced immigration professionals who can answer all your questions and help you complete your N-400 application. Our Free First AdviceTM program allows you to consult with one of our immigration law attorneys free of charge to discuss any questions you may have regarding the citizenship process. Book an appointment today by dropping by The Law Store, calling us, or scheduling a service online.