Citizenship Attorneys Elmhurst

Citizenship Attorneys Elmhurst

Obtaining citizenship in the United States is a complicated but worthy pursuit. While there are a variety of forward tracks, they’re all legally challenging. Having an experienced citizenship attorney in Elmhurst on your side can significantly improve your ability to reach your citizenship goals. 

Gaining Citizenship through Family

The most straightforward and most common path toward immigration in the United States is through sponsorship by a family member. If, for example, your relative is a U.S. citizen or is a lawful permanent resident (LPR) with Green Card status, they can sponsor you to obtain a Green Card of your own if any one of the following applies:

  • You are their spouse.
  • You are their parent, and they are at least 21 years old. 
  • You are their unmarried child, and you are under the age of 21.
  • They are adopting you as an orphan. 

To become a full-blown citizen of the United States, there are additional requirements. 

Gaining Citizenship through Work

Employment can also be a path toward immigration. To work here in the United States, you’ll need specific permission from the U.S. government, and this employer sponsorship is often involved. In order to work and live permanently in the U.S., you’ll need a Green Card, and in order to obtain a Green Card through your work, you’ll need to fill a very specific employment need. As such, your employer is required to certify this need through the proper channels. 


Obtaining a Green Card is a stepping stone toward citizenship, and in order for all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to apply, you must become a citizen. Anyone who is born here automatically becomes a citizen, but other tracks forward include:

  • If one of your parents is a citizen, you will face few obstacles to citizenship.
  • If you have a Green Card, you can achieve citizenship through the naturalization process, which comes with requirements related to having basic proficiency in the English language, having a basic understanding of U.S. laws, and having an upstanding character.
  • If you are a non-citizen who served in the U.S. military, your path toward citizenship will be streamlined. 

Becoming a Citizen

Once you qualify for citizenship, you’ll need to navigate a range of challenging requirements that include all the following:

  • Filling out lengthy and complex paperwork
  • Passing serious background checks
  • Passing all the required tests
  • Sitting for a personal interview
  • Swearing your allegiance to the United States 

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Citizenship Attorney in Elmhurst

The practiced citizenship attorneys at Minsky McCormick & Hallagan – proudly serving Elmhurst – are well prepared to help guide you on the path toward citizenship, which comes with rewards that are difficult to overestimate. While the process is complex, we offer clear, compassionate guidance every step of the way. To learn more about what we can do to help you, please don’t wait to reach out and contact us today. 


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