US Naturalization and Citizenship Applications

Immigration Lawyer Representing White Plains, Yonkers, and Westchester County Residents

Are you seeking United States naturalization or considering filing a citizenship application? Then Yonkers and White Plains citizenship attorney Elisa Claro is prepared to assist you. The process may become complicated in unexpected ways, so retaining an experienced immigration lawyer is an important step to take. The Claro Law Firm can help you address any uncertainties or obstacles while ensuring that you comply with all of the appropriate requirements.

Seeking Citizenship (Naturalization) in the U.S.

Obtaining citizenship is often a long process, sometimes lasting several years. To ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, it is essential to be proactive and to understand the steps that you must take and the specific order in which they must be completed. The first step toward naturalization involves obtaining a visa or another appropriate method for entering the U.S. Next, a foreign national generally must seek permanent resident status, which involves the issuance of a green card. This type of legal status may be awarded on a number of grounds, including family relationships, employment status or refugee or asylum status. However, foreign nationals who have at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen have a right to apply for citizenship without needing to first seek a green card.

After obtaining appropriate entry and a green card, you may ultimately apply for citizenship. There are a number of ways that citizenship may be obtained, some of which are much more straightforward than others. You must satisfy certain residency and physical presence requirements. For example, most applicants must have resided in the U.S. for at least five years after obtaining their green card, and they must have spent a minimum of 30 months living in the U.S. before seeking citizenship. You must also have resided in your current state for at least three months at the time that you file your application. During the time that your application for citizenship is pending, you have to remain in the U.S. rather than returning to your home country. There is also a test that you must pass to show your general familiarity with American history and government and demonstrate an ability to write and read English. Finally, the reviewing agency will examine your moral character, which typically will be found adequate unless you have a serious criminal record.

Explore Your Options With a Citizenship Attorney in Yonkers or White Plains

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a goal of many foreign nationals who come to this country. The Claro Law Firm understands how important this process is for the future of your family and you. White Plains and Yonkers citizenship lawyer Elisa Claro has provided compassionate and personalized legal counsel to foreign nationals in a wide range of matters. She has represented people throughout Westchester County, including in Mount Vernon, New Rochelle, Rye and Peekskill. Contact us at 1-877-631-3539 or online to set up an appointment to discuss your situation. Elisa Claro also can guide foreign nationals who need a green card attorney or assistance in other immigration matters.

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