CITIZENSHIP & NATURALIZATION
Applying and getting U.S. citizenship is the ultimate protection for your life as a U.S. permanent resident because U.S. citizens cannot be deported. Since the election of president Trump, many immigrants who delayed or waited for years to apply for their citizenship have elected to do so in light of the political climate. Applying for citizenship can be a straightforward process if you meet the criteria and do not have any bad factors affecting your application. However, an easy and often a straightforward application can turn into your worst nightmare if you did not examine all your history prior to applying or if you made mistakes in the application. From simple delays and denials to deportation proceedings. Often, immigrants who have been here for a while believe they can just fill out the paperwork, follow the instructions, file and save themselves attorney fees or maybe go to a document preparer and have him/her prepare the application for cheap.
In my practice as an immigration attorney, I hear all kind of horror stories during the consultations for immigrants who applied by themselves or through non-attorneys and ended up with a denied application or even worse in deportation proceedings.
If you end up in that situation, the fees you saved by not hiring a professional, you would almost always pay much more than that to fight for your case.
At Law Office of Fady Eskandar, we understand that getting U.S. citizenship can affect many different aspects of your life. From sponsoring parents to travelling abroad without restrictions, the benefits of having U.S. citizenship are immense.
When you are ready to pursue citizenship, I am ready to stand beside you with the support and counsel you need. Contact me today at (714) 729-3303
Am I eligible to pursue U.S. citizenship?
In order to qualify for U.S. citizenship, you must meet certain basic eligibility requirements.
These requirements include the following:
- Unless you are a minor who has been adopted by a parent who is a United States citizen, you must be at least 18 years old.
- You must have been a Lawful Permanent Resident in the United States for a minimum of 5 years unless you’re married to U.S. Citizenship, then you can apply 3 years from the marriage provided that your spouse was a U.S. citizen through the entire 3 years.
- You must be able to speak, write, and read English.
- You must have good moral character and an attachment to the principles contained in the United States Constitution.
- You must have a familiarity with the history of the United States and its government.
The Naturalization Test
Most applicants for citizenship must take a test as part of obtaining U.S. citizenship. The naturalization test measures your ability to speak and write in English and your knowledge of U.S. history and government. The USCIS provides resources to help applicants prepare for the test. You get only two chances to pass the test, so prepare yourself well!
You may be exempt from taking one or both parts of the test for a number of reasons, including:
- You are age 50 or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 20 years
- You are age 55 or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 15 years
- You suffer from physical disability, mental impairment, or medical disability
According to U.S. law, you can keep your foreign nationality when applying for U.S. citizenship. The U.S. allows dual citizenship and thus acquiring a foreign country nationality is normally safe unless you are applying for a foreign nationality with the intention of giving up U.S. nationality.
Some countries do not allow dual citizenship and thus you must relinquish your home country citizenship when you acquire U.S. citizenship. Each individual have different goals in life so you might be in the odd situation where you have to relinquish your native country citizenship when you get U.S. citizenship.
Call for a consultation over the phone today!
Orange County citizenship attorney Fady Eskandar understands the complex naturalization and citizenship process thoroughly. We are ready to put our knowledge to work so that you do not have to be concerned about forgetting any crucial steps or making costly mistakes during the process.
To schedule an initial consultation with us today, don’t hesitate to call us at (714) 729-3303.