San Antonio Immigration Attorneys
For many immigrants, their ultimate goal is to become a citizen of the United States. Naturalization, the process of gaining citizenship, is extremely complex. Securing a knowledgeable legal ally is critical. One seemingly simple error could lead to grave results including removal proceedings. Our firm is dedicated to helping all individuals ambitions of becoming citizens of the United States. Call us today and schedule an appointment.
An applicant is eligible for Naturalization where he or she can meet the following requirements:
1. Must be 18 years old
2. Must have Permanent Residence Status (Green Card) for five years subsequent to application. If married to a U.S. Citizen, the permanent residency requirement is three years.
3. Must have resided for at least three months within the state the petition was filed.
4. Must be physically present in the U.S. for at least one-half of the five years (one half of the three years for spouse of a Citizen).
5. Must have resided continuously within the U.S. from the date the application was filed up to the time of admission to citizenship.
6. Must not be absent for a period more than one year during the period residence is required. (Five years or three years).
7. Must be a person of good moral character.
8. Applicants are required to speak, understand and write in the English language. An exception exists where the applicant is at least 50 years old and has maintained permanent residency for at least 20 years, or is at least 55 years old and has maintained permanent residency for at least 15 years. Here, the applicant may have the examination performed in his or her native language. The applicant may also apply for a Waiver if he or she is unable to learn English due to a medical condition.
9. An applicant may be denied citizenship if he or she is on probation for any crime committed at the time of interview. An applicant may also be denied Citizenship if he or she committed a crime involving moral turpitude. We can help even if you are denied a visa through the process of obtaining a waiver. This process allows for relief when an individual is found to be ineligible for criminal or other grounds.