Naturalization & Citizenship

Naturalization is an extremely important process that requires the attention of an experienced immigration attorney.  You can start enjoying the rights and privileges of citizenship once you become a United States citizen.  Some of those benefits include, voting in state and federal elections; running for elected office; legal gun ownership; federal employment; priority when petitioning to bring family members to the United States; citizenship for children born abroad; and the privilege of obtaining a United States passport.

United States citizenship is obtained by birth or naturalization.  Unless you were born in the United States, or your parents were United States citizens at the time of your birth, you will be required to go through the naturalization process to obtain citizenship and meet the requirements of the law.  These include, but are not limited to, lawful permanent residency, physical presence, and continuous residence in the United States for a specific number of years; good moral character; knowledge of United States history and government; ability to read, write, and speak English; and pledging allegiance to the United States.

Lawful permanent residents who serve the United States as members of the armed forces (including their spouses and children), may be eligible for citizenship through an expedited process.  Naturalization may be conducted in the United States or overseas if serving abroad.

Foreign born children of United States citizen parents may obtain citizenship at birth or before their 18th birthday. There are specific dates and factors governing this complex area of citizenship law.  You should seek the advice of an experienced immigration attorney before taking any action.    

We will fully prepare you for your interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer; and advise you on the best way to answer questions about why you are seeking citizenship.  Additionally, we will provide you with practice tests and other resources to help you achieve a passing grade on the citizenship test.

Our firm will guide you through the naturalization application process.  If you have a criminal background, a residency, or visa issue that may lead to rejection of your citizenship application, we will work to overcome those obstacles.  We also advise you if it is unwise to apply for naturalization because of the probability of deportation.  If your naturalization application has been initially denied, Sánchez-Roig Law Firm, P.A. will assist you in appealing that denial.    

To schedule a confidential consultation, please contact us at (305) 373-5385 or via e-mail.  We are available for in-person, telephonic, or video consultations.