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Citizenship Services

Citizenship

Achieving Your Citizenship Is Our Top Priority
Our immigration attorneys can help you navigate the complex and stressful process of obtaining your U.S. citizenship., We ensure that you and your family have the best possible chance at success from the outset.

At The Presti Law Firm, PLLC we’ll work with you to understand your unique situation and create a customized plan to help you achieve your goals.

About Our Citizenship Services

Becoming a U.S. citizen is an important milestone, one that opens up countless opportunities and privileges for individuals and their families. As a U.S. citizen, you will have the right to vote, run for office, and serve on juries. You will also be able to access certain government benefits and programs, and you can sponsor your family members to come to live in the United States.

The process of becoming a U.S. citizen can be complex, but working with The Presti Law Firm, PLLC can help simplify things and ensure that you meet all the requirements. We have helped countless clients navigate the citizenship process successfully, and will work diligently on your behalf to help make your dream a reality.

Who Qualifies for Citizenship?

Depending on the familial and specific circumstances of the individual, citizenship can be gained automatically at birth inside or outside the United States, automatically through the naturalization of a parent, or through the naturalization of the individual. In addition, to become a U.S. citizen, you must be willing to: (1) Swear your loyalty to the United States; (2) Give up your allegiance to any other country; and (3) Support and Defend the United States and its Constitution.

To determine if you qualify to become a U.S. citizen you should contact an experienced naturalization attorney to discuss your options.

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How Do You Apply for Citizenship?

To apply for naturalization an applicant must submit an N-400 in addition to meeting the eligibility requirements listed below:

You are at least 18 years of age at the time you apply;
Continuous Residence;
Continuous physical presence in the United States;
Time in State;
Good moral character;
English and Civics; and
Oath of Allegiance.

Your Path To Citizenship With Clear Advice & Smart Strategies

The immigration process is notoriously complex, with a tangle of paperwork and applications, not to mention the potential for bureaucratic delays. Whether you need assistance filling out a citizenship application or navigating the tricky landscape of residency and work permits, an experienced immigration lawyer is your best bet for success in attaining citizenship.

An experienced immigration lawyer can take care of all the details for you and represent you in any interviews or hearings required as part of the citizenship process. Lawyers who specialize in immigration law will be up-to-date on any changes in the law that could affect your case, and they can advise you on the best strategy for obtaining citizenship.

Requirements for Naturalization

Continuous residence means that you must live in the United States as a permanent resident for a certain period of time. Most people must be permanent residents in continuous residence for five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen) before they can begin the naturalization process. You can break your continuous residence by being absent from the United States for a long period of time (most often six months).v

Physical presence means that you actually have been present in the United States. If you are a permanent resident, you must be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months during the last five years (or 18 months during the last three years, if married to a U.S. citizen) before you apply for naturalization.
Time in State means you must live in the state or USCIS district where you intended on applying for naturalization. You will need to have lived there for at least three months. Students can apply for naturalization either where they go to school or where their family lives (if they depend on their parents for support).
Good Moral Character means you must not commit certain crimes during the five years before applying for naturalization, and tell the truth during your naturalization interview.
English and Civics means you must show a basic level of understating, reading, writing, and speaking English. In addition, you must have a basic knowledge of U.S. history and government.
Oath of Allegiance means you are willing to support and defend the United States and its Constitution. You must declare yourself loyal to the United States and take the Oath of Allegiance. You become a U.S. citizen when you take the Oath.

Crimes and Naturalization

Certain crimes will make you ineligible for naturalization. There are crimes that are permanent bars to naturalization and there are other crimes that are not permanent bars to naturalization. In order to determine whether you have a disqualifying crime, speak to an experienced naturalization attorney at the Presti Law Firm, PLLC.

Crimes that are permanent bars to naturalization include: murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, violent assault; treason; and illegal trafficking of drugs or people.

Crimes that may result in a temporary bar to naturalization include: any crime against a person with an intent to harm that person; any crime against property or the government involving fraud; two or more crimes with combined sentences of five years or more; violating controlled substance laws; and spending 180 days or more during the previous five years in jail.

Interview

While not all applicants are required to appear for an in-person interview, USCIS will determine, based on the evidence submitted in your application, whether you are required to appear in person for an interview.

Required Documents for N-400

A completed Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

Form G-28 (If you are represented by a lawyer)

Two passport-style photos

Your current Green Card

Tax related documents (If applicable)
Proof of physical presence in the United States
Proof of good moral character
Documents showing any changes of name (if applicable)
A list of any trips outside the United States within the last five years.

Certificate of marriage (if applicable)

The specific documents you need to submit depend on your individual circumstances. Be sure to consult with an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that you have everything you need before filing your application. You may also need to provide additional documentation, depending on your individual circumstances.

Citizenship Through Parents

Some individuals may qualify for citizenship through their parents. This process can be exceptionally tricky as the laws surrounding children acquiring citizenship through their parents have changed throughout the years. To learn whether you may be eligible to acquire citizenship through your U.S. citizen parents please contact the Presti Law Firm, PLLC.

Who Qualifies for Acquisition of Citizenship?
In short, it kind of depends on the individual’s circumstances and the time that they were born and where they were born at. In general, these laws require that at least one parent was a U.S. citizen, and the U.S. citizen parent had lived in the United States for a period of time.

When Can you Acquire Citizenship through Parents?
Generally speaking, there are two ways that one obtains citizenship through their parents:

At birth; and
After birth but before the age of 18.

What is an N-600?
Form N-600 (officially called “Application for Certificate of Citizenship”) is a government form you will need if you were born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent or parents, and you need evidence of your U.S. citizenship. It proves to the government that you are a U.S. citizen, even though you were not born in the United States.

The Certificate of Citizenship is particularly useful if you need to obtain a U.S. passport or apply for immigration benefits for your spouse or family.

Required Documents for N-600

Two 2-inch-by-2-inch passport-style photos
The applicant’s birth certificate or record
Evidence of the parent’s U.S. citizenship
The U.S. citizen parent’s birth certificate
Proof of legitimation for children born out of wedlock
Proof of physical custody

A copy of your permanent resident card or other evidence of permanent resident status

Evidence of re-adoption
Proof of either parent’s status as a U.S. national
Proof of required residence or physical presence in the United States for the U.S. citizen parent
The U.S. citizen parent’s marriage certificate
Evidence the U.S. citizen parent terminated any prior marriage(s)
Proof of legal custody (only required for applicants whose parents divorced and/or legally separated and for applicants who are adopted)
A copy of the full, final adoption decree
Evidence of all legal name changes.

Your Path to Citizenship with Clear Advice & Smart Strategies

The immigration process is notoriously complex, with a tangle of paperwork and applications, not to mention the potential for bureaucratic delays. Whether you need assistance filling out a citizenship application or navigating the tricky landscape of residency and work permits, an experienced immigration lawyer is your best bet for success in attaining citizenship.

An experienced immigration lawyer can take care of all the details for you and represent you in any interviews or hearings required as part of the citizenship process. Lawyers who specialize in immigration law will be up-to-date on any changes in the law that could affect your case, and they can advise you on the best strategy for obtaining citizenship.

Rights that Only Citizens Have

Voting;
Serving on a Jury;
Traveling with a U.S. Passport;
Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad;
Becoming Eligible for Federal Jobs;
Becoming Eligible for Elected Office;
Keeping Your Residency;
Becoming Eligible for Federal Grants and Scholarships; and
Obtaining Government Benefits.

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Give us a call today to see how we can help you on your journey to U.S. citizenship. There are many different ways to become a U.S. citizen - whether it be through naturalization, derivation, or birthright - and we can help you figure out which path is right for you.

Defining Your Citizenship Path

Once we understand your unique situation, we'll put together a plan that works for you. We'll handle all of the bureaucracy so that you can focus on what matters to you.

Making a Plan

We understand that each person's story is unique, and we will work with you to create a customized citizenship plan based on your individual needs and goals.