Helping People Obtain American Citizenship
After an immigrant has adjusted their status, they become a Lawful Permanent Resident. At this point, they could remain a green card holder, or may petition to become an American citizen. For over 25 years, The Scheer Immigration Law Group has helped thousands of people take this step in realizing the American dream. If you are a legal permanent resident, and want to know more about your citizenship options, contact us to consult an experienced immigration and naturalization lawyer.
To become eligible to apply for citizenship, you must have been a Lawful Permanent Resident (“green card holder”) for five years (or three if you are married to a U.S. citizen), without any significant absences (6 months or more). Additionally, you must satisfy the following:
- Evidence of good moral character
- Establish knowledge of U.S. history and government
- Demonstrate the ability to read and write basic English
- Establish knowledge and attachment to the U.S. Constitution
When a client has an initial consultation with our office, , we gather as much information as possible in order to set forth realistic expectations. Before we can proceed with a naturalization application, it is important to know if a client has been subject to any past legal problems, such as an arrest, taxation issues, or a period when the person fell out of status.
Our lawyers guide clients through the entire naturalization process. We make sure that the client understands the rights and obligations of U.S. citizenship. An attorney can accompany them to the naturalization interview, which is especially helpful if English is not a client’s strongest language. If a client cannot speak English at all, we may be able to file a medical exception. If a client has been here for fifteen years and is over 55 years old, he or she will still have to pass the history and civics part of the citizenship test, but the client can take the test in their native language.
Many of our clients are people whom we have helped in the past with adjustment of status or consular processing. Others have heard about our services through word of mouth or referrals from other clients or lawyers. If you are considering becoming a citizen, contact us to discuss your legal options.
Contact an immigration and naturalization lawyer for an initial consultation.
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