Naturalization is the process by which a legal permanent resident gains U.S. citizenship. If you have held a green card for at least 5 years, are 18 years of age or older and are of good moral character and legal standing, you may apply for citizenship in the United States. Becoming a citizen of the United States carries with it tremendous benefits as well as great responsibilities including but not limited to those outlined below.
Benefits of US Citizenship
In addition to the overwhelming sense of nationalism and pride that you will feel when you are granted citizenship, there are many benefits to becoming a full citizen and not just a legal permanent resident. You will be able to vote in state and federal election and you may also run for office. You will be given priority status when applying to bring family members into the country. Your children born subsequent to your receiving citizenship will automatically be citizens of the US. You may apply to receive a US Passport and will become eligible for federal jobs.
Responsibilities of Being a US Citizen
When you become a citizen you must take the Oath of Citizenship where you will renounce all prior allegiances to other countries and swear allegiance to the United States of America. You swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. You may be required to serve your country when required such as serving jury duty.
Experienced and Knowledgeable Immigration and Naturalization Attorneys
Let the Law Offices of Rathi and Associates handle all of the details of your application for naturalization to become a citizen of the United States of America. Our immigration attorneys have over 40 years of experience collectively and have served hundreds of satisfied clients seeking US Citizenship. We handle your case from the very beginning consulting with you on your eligibility, fully and accurately preparing your petition, and keeping track of your petition after filing. We will work with you to prepare you for the naturalization interview and work with you regarding the test questions you may be required to answer. You will have access to our attorneys either by phone or by email. Our client support is second to none.
The immigration and naturalization attorneys at the Law Offices of Rathi and Associates are also experienced in more complicated applications that involve a person’s legal history. Complicating the application process may be your history of having outstanding unpaid income taxes, unpaid court-mandated child support payments, a criminal history, or perhaps you have voting issues or failed to register for the draft. Our firm is experienced in obtaining the correct court and arrest documents, responding to requests for evidence and dealing with draft, voting and child support issues. In addition, in cases where a person has been denied US citizenship, we have been successful in appealing the decision.
Regardless of your unique individual circumstances, be assured that we have seen it all and can advise you how to deal with complicated issues. Call the Law Offices of Rathi and Associates for all you immigration and naturalization needs. Call us Now.