U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer Fairfax Virginia
U.S. Citizenship can be obtained through naturalization or through U.S. Citizen parents. There are various regulations that apply and conditions that must be met so it's important to talk to an attorney. U.S. Citizenship is a very important goal for many living and working in the United States with legal permanent resident (LPR) status or immigrant visa. Basic requirements are
• Attained the age of 18, unless adopted by a U.S. Citizen
• Have been a lawful resident of the United States for at least 5 years or been married to a U.S. Citizen for 3 years
• Understand the basic history and workings of the U.S. government and support the values of the U.S. Constitution
• Be able to speak, read and write basic English
• Be of "good moral character"
Citizenship has many advantages including the right to vote in all local, state and federal elections, frees you from deportation and other hassles, freedom to travel to other countries freely, and affords you the ability to reunite your family and petition for legal permanent status in the United States without the longer processing times that LPRs sponsors wait. Yet missed deadlines and incorrectly filled out applications can delay or even threaten your chances at obtaining citizenship. If you've been convicted of a "crime of moral turpitude" it's imperative that you seek sound immigration counsel as even a misdemeanor in a state or local court can be considered an aggravated felony in the Immigration Court. A skilled attorney can streamline the process by ensuring that your application is complete and thoroughly reviewed before submission.
If your naturalization application has been denied, there is still hope. You may appeal for administrative review which will grant your application another opportunity including a hearing before an Immigration Officer.