The citizenship process is one of the greatest privileges in which an immigrant could participate. After obtaining a green card and meeting certain requirements, it is now time to obtain the great honor of being an American citizen and all of the benefits that come with it. When you become an American citizen, you are able to:
For additional information about naturalization, contact a citizenship attorney in Elmhurst.
Before you even begin the citizenship process, there are certain criteria that you must fulfill. For example:
While many will tell you that the citizenship process is the easy part and getting the right to be in the U.S. in the first place is the most difficult, you need to take the naturalization process seriously. Any error in your paperwork could cause delays in the process and cause USCIS to ask questions.
Even if you meet the legal requirements, citizenship is not automatic. There are reasons why the government may oppose your application. The government has recently expanded the circumstances under which it could try to deny you citizenship. For example:
The reasons for denying citizenship can be pretty broad as USCIS may take an expansive view of the “good moral character” requirement. Their word is not the final say. If USCIS indicates that it may deny your application, you have the right to be heard in person. First, you could resolve their questions, and they may drop any potential opposition. Second, you may be able to gain citizenship at a hearing in front of an immigration judge. Your citizenship attorney could help present your case for why you should be naturalized.
The end goal is for you to obtain your naturalization certificate that proves you are a citizen after you take the treasured oath of citizenship. It is better not to leave anything to chance in the process. You need a trusted lawyer to advise you throughout the process who would be ready to step in and help if there are any bumps in the road.
For help with naturalization and your other immigration matters, contact the lawyers at Minsky McCormick & Hallagan, P.C. We are here to answer your questions in a comprehensive and compassionate manner.