Naturalization: Guidance And Assistance
The path to U.S. citizenship varies greatly from one person to another. With the opportunity to be naturalized, someone must normally pass a citizenship test, prove that they have good moral character, and undergo other screenings and at least one interview. If you have questions, our attorney at the Law Offices of Rafael Pazmino, LLC, can help with your immigration matter.
Common myths can lead people seeking citizenship to waste time and energy. Worse, someone living for years in the U.S. without citizenship may encounter great difficulties someday. Some common false assumptions include these mistaken ideas:
- Marriage to a U.S. citizen automatically makes a newcomer a citizen. Not true. It is an advantage but the spouse seeking naturalization must still go through a process that may take several years.
- Adoption of a baby from abroad automatically makes the child a U.S. citizen. No. The child must become a U.S. citizen in a legal action separate from the adoption.
- Someone born abroad of a U.S. citizen parent is automatically a citizen. Not exactly. The person likely has the right to citizenship but must still follow procedures to obtain a U.S. birth certificate and passport.
A knowledgeable immigration lawyer can clarify misunderstandings and advise you in a personalized way on your prospects for citizenship.
Some Practical Realities
In fact, scenarios in which noncitizens may become citizens include a variety of immigration stories:
- A foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR or green card holder) lives in the U.S. as a permanent resident long enough to apply for citizenship.
- An orphan from abroad is naturalized after adoption by U.S. citizen parents.
- A worker on an H-1 visa lives and works in the U.S. long enough to qualify to apply for U.S. citizenship.
- An asylum grantee lives in the U.S. long enough to become a permanent resident and then long enough to qualify to apply for U.S. citizenship.
Those are just a few examples of many circumstances that may qualify someone to apply for citizenship. The 10-step process for becoming a citizen may go smoothly or an applicant may encounter complications. An attorney’s guidance can prevent or resolve problems.
Learn What You Need To Know In Your Quest For Citizenship
To increase your likelihood of successfully completing the process (if you qualify), work with an experienced immigration law attorney. The Law Offices of Rafael Pazmino, LLC, is available to advise you on how close you are to being qualified and how to expedite the process.
Contact Us Today
Call 203-539-6189 to reach our immigration law offices in Stamford, Connecticut. Even if you have minor criminal convictions on your record or other complications, we will work to help you find ways to overcome such obstacles.
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