U.S. Citizenship Lawyer in New Jersey
How to Become A Citizen Of The United States
To get U.S. citizenship, you must go through the naturalization process. Only lawful permanent residents that have lived in the United States without interruptions for at least 5 years (3 years for spouses of U.S. citizens) are eligible to apply.
The Application Process
To begin the citizenship process, file Form N-400 with the USCIS, preferably with the assistance of an Immigration Lawyer. After a few months, an interview will be scheduled.
At the interview, you will have to prove that:
- You can read, speak, and understand the English language
- You have a fair understanding of United States history & government (civics test).
If the case is approved, the applicant will be sworn in and will receive a Certificate of Naturalization.
There are risks associated with U.S. Citizenship applications. Before the interview, the USCIS will conduct heightened background checks on the applicant. Green Card holders that were convicted of a crime risk may not only get a denial, but also to be placed in removal proceedings by the
Department of Homeland Security.
The Benefits of Becoming A Citizen
U.S. Citizenship is the highest immigration privilege, and confers many important rights, such as:
- The right to vote in local, State and Federal elections;
- The right to hold public offices;
- The right to sponsor some family members for lawful permanent residence;
- The right to live abroad without restrictions of time.
Furthermore, while a Green Card holder can be placed in deportation proceedings, a U.S. Citizen will not be deported even in the event of a conviction for a serious crime.
Get Help With The Citizenship Process
Before filing your application for U.S. Citizenship, you should consult with an experienced New Jersey Immigration Attorney of my firm to verify your eligibility and look into your specific case. Our office has helped many lawful permanent residents to become naturalized U.S. Citizens.
Because I am admitted to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, I can also help you file an appeal if your case was denied.