There are many important reasons to apply for U.S. citizenship among them is being able to vote, obtain certain scholarships and federal jobs, and becoming a full-time participant in American society.
To eligible, you have to be:
- at least 18 years of age or older;
- a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 5 years (three years if married and living with your U.S. citizen spouse) and actual physical presence in the U.S. for half of that time;
- living within a state for at least 3 months prior to filing the application;
- a person of good moral character; and
- able to read, write, and speak basic English.
Two eligibility issues seem to cause the most concern for potential applicants: how much travel outside of the U.S. is permitted and the meaning of good moral character, especially in the context of any law violation.
Our office provides extensive consultations in which we review your immigration history to determine if you are eligible for citizenship and whether it is advisable to apply. We specialize in analyzing the complex set of immigration laws surrounding naturalization and citizenship and determining eligibility.
We advise on complicated naturalization issues, such as past criminal convictions or prior misrepresentations to USCIS.
Our office has extensive experience in requesting rescission of Certificates of Loss of Nationality (CLN)