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Citizenship Lawyers

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As immigration lawyers, we can help with the citizenship legal process, which can be complicated to navigate on your own. And since the stakes are so high, you best not leave this up to chance. Getting your citizenship is wonderful, but there are legal issues that may arise and require the attention of a full-time immigration lawyer. Let's take a look at some common dealings when it comes immigration law and why you may need lawyers to help with citizenship in New York. Our Long Island law firm handles other immigration aspects, too. So if there is anything in the realm of immigration that you need representation for, then our law office is the place to turn to!

What Is a U.S. Citizen?

First, let's go into what is a United States citizen in the first place and what it means. Citizenship allows a person to have more rights under their laws. So, a U.S. citizen has the right to vote and the right to live in other countries without losing the right to come back to the United States. As well as being able to petition for other family members to immigrate to the United States and become citizens. It also gives you the rights afforded to you by the United States Constitution and other applicable federal and state laws. But there are also obligations that come with being a citizen, too, such as jury duty and paying taxes. You can become a U.S. citizen through birth or, in the case of needing legal help, through naturalization.

How To Become a U.S. Citizen

There are a few ways someone can become a U.S. citizen. Here are several ways to do so:

  • Born in the US or one of its territories.
  • Parents are both U.S. citizens at the time of your birth.
  • You are naturalized and become a U.S. citizen.
  • Both of your parents are naturalized while you are still a minor.

At Falk and Klebanoff, we can help with the naturalization process in order for you to became a U.S. citizen.

How To Apply for U.S. Citizenship

There are a few requirements that someone must meet in order to become a U.S. citizen.

  • You lived in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years (and present in the U.S. for half of those years).
  • 18 years or older.
  • You did not make another country your permanent home during the time you resided in the U.S.

These legal requirements are something our law office can help you with in order to become a U.S. citizen.

Forms for U.S. Citizenship

There is an immigration form that you must fill out in order to apply for citizenship. You need to submit that form with a copy of your green card, required photos and any fee that applies. There are various forms you will need to fill out, which is why some reach out to citizenship lawyers to help with the application process. We will help you determine which forms are right for your situation.

The U.S. Citizenship Interview

Once you apply for citizenship, there is an interview each applicant must do. In general, this interview happens at least 90 days after the filing of the application. This is due to the typical backlog of immigration cases, so it takes some time to get through. This interview is of course conducted in English, unless you qualify for some sort of exceptions. As trusted immigration lawyers on Long Island, we can help you with each step to make sure you reach the point of full US citizenship.

What Is Naturalization?

Naturalization is one process where an immigrant can apply to become a United States citizen. In most situations, the person seeking naturalization has held a green card and/or permanent visa for a long period of time before taking the steps towards naturalization. To be eligible for citizenship through naturalization, the applicant needs to meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements include, but are limited to:

  • Applicant has been a permanent resident for at least 5 years.
  • The applicant has been a permanent resident in the US for at least 3 years, but is able to file as a spouse of a person who is already a US citizen.
  • Applicant served in the US military and meets various requirements associated with service and citizenship.
  • A list of requirements related to children of US citizens.

When it comes to the citizenship process, it also involves other steps and requirements, such as interviews and a naturalization test.

What If Only One Parent was a U.S. Citizen at the Time of Birth?

Depending on the time of birth, and which parent was the US citizen, then you may have had US citizenship passed right to you. The laws for citizenship are constantly changing, so there may be a chance you are a citizen and not know it. And thus require less of a hassle to get that paperwork. So, before going through legal hoops, check in with our immigration lawyers to see what needs to be done. We have years of experience and can help you get the citizenship you desire in the US.

Get Citizenship Lawyers To Help

As Long Island citizenship lawyers, many here and across New York turn to our law office to help get the citizenship they desire. This is often a very complicated process, so having a legal team at your side ensures that everything is being done correctly. For more information about our immigration lawyers and how they can help with your citizenship, please call 516-564-4200. When you call, we can go over your situation and come to the best conclusion regarding your citizenship process.

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