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Naturalization & Citizenship

Naturalization is the process by which a foreign citizen gains U.S. Citizenship after he or she fulfills all the necessary testing and other requirements. You should consult with an experienced immigration lawyer to analyze your eligibility, only some of which is detailed below.

Certain other individuals may automatically acquire U.S. Citizenship through a different process provided by statute.

Do I need a lawyer to file for naturalization?

Not always. You should hire a lawyer to assist you with a naturalization filing or to evaluate eligibility if:

  • You have any criminal history, even if the crime did not occur within the five years (or three years) required for naturalization.
  • You have an issue that could complicate USCIS’ evaluation of good moral character, including but not limited to your failure to pay U.S. taxes, nonpayment of child support, or certain other conduct.
  • You think you may qualify for a waiver of certain parts of the USCIS testing due to a medical condition or if you can be exempted from the full testing requirements (or testing may be permitted in your native language).
  • You are not sure if you have satisfied the relevant residence requirement (either three or five years).
  • You are eligible for automatic, derived or expedited naturalization or are a child who is eligible under the Child Citizenship Act.
  • You have ever held yourself out to be a U.S. citizen when you were not.

Working with Poarch Law on Naturalization and Citizenship

Poarch Law carefully analyzes any legal issues that may complicate your naturalization or citizenship application prior to making a filing with USCIS. We provide you with a detailed checklist of materials and prepare you for your final interview with USCIS. We provide discounts to existing clients returning to us to complete naturalization. Poarch Law consults on naturalization cases nationally. Contact us now to arrange a consultation online, over the phone, or in person.

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