Citizenship & Naturalization
Nationwide Citizenship Lawyer
Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Becoming a citizen of the United States through the naturalization process is the ultimate goal for many immigrants. There are many benefits that accompany citizenship including the right to vote, access to certain jobs and the right to hold public office (although not the presidency!)
As an immigration law attorney, I am honored to help immigrants through the naturalization process. For many individuals, the process is straightforward. For others, it can be difficult.
Whatever your situation, if obtaining citizenship is your ultimate goal please contact my law firm, Philip Eichorn Co., LPA, to learn how I can assist you.
Dedicated, Experienced, Client-Focused
Some people seeking naturalization run into trouble because they do not understand the filing requirements. These include:
- Age and Status. You must be at least 18 years old and a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. Citizen).
- Residency. You must reside in the State or district of the Service for at least three months prior to filing.
- Physical presence. Immediately prior to applying, you must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the previous five years. If you were absent for more than six months but less than 12 months, you still may be eligible if you can demonstrate that your absence did not amount to an abandonment of your residency status.
- Good moral character. You must demonstrate good moral character during the five years prior to your application, or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen, or one year if you have served in the military.
- You must pass an English-language test and a civics examination demonstrating your knowledge of U.S. history and government.
Do You Have a Criminal Record?
If you have a criminal record, DO NOT TRY TO HIDE IT. As a routine part of the naturalization process, all applicants are thoroughly checked by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This includes fingerprinting, name checking and other background screening for connections to criminals or terrorists in the U.S. or abroad.
New Naturalization Test
Beginning October 1, 2008, USCIS began administering the new English and Civics test to all naturalization applicants. If you filed for naturalization prior to October 1, 2008, you will be administered the older version of the exam.
If you filed your application and passed the English and Civics test at your examination, and your case is pending for more than four months. You have the right to file a federal lawsuit against USCIS for failure to timely issue a decision. Call me!
For a consultations about naturalization or any other matter relating to immigration law or criminal law, please call or e-mail Philip Eichorn Co., LPA today.