Pelton + Balducci provides naturalization lawyer services to those desiring to become United States citizens. This pathway to citizenship is provided by the Immigration and Nationality Act. We are dedicated to standing by our values and doing everything we can to help you and your loved ones realize the American Dream.
The process of becoming a citizen through naturalization involves several steps and will vary from case to case. First, you must determine whether or not you are actually eligible to apply for citizenship. If you are unsure, we are available to help you with this process. Once it is determined that you are in fact eligible, you will then need to fill out and submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Along with this form, you will also need to submit several other supporting documents such as a photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card.
It is important to note that the amount of time required as a lawful permanent resident prior to applying for naturalization depends on the particular facts in each applicant’s case, such as how an applicant became a lawful resident. Some special rules apply and certain applicants may be eligible for expedited naturalization.
After you submit your application, you will receive a receipt and may periodically check the status of your application. Once your application is processed, an interview will be scheduled on your behalf, and you will need to complete an examination. As part of the naturalization examination by USCIS, an applicant must demonstrate knowledge of the English language and pass a test pertaining to the history and government of the United States. Each applicant is provided with two opportunities to pass the English and Civics exams. Study guides to aid in preparation for the naturalization exam are available on the USCIS website. Local resources, such as naturalization preparation classes, also exist in many areas and can normally be found at local colleges and/or non-profit organizations and community centers.
Following the interview and successful completion of the examination, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will then notify you of their final decision. There are three potential outcomes; they will grant you citizenship, ask for additional documentation, or send you a denial. If your request is granted, you are then required to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States in order to finalize the naturalization process.
There are several ways to qualify for this process. For example, if you have been a permanent resident in the United States for five years or more, or you are the spouse of a current citizen and have been a permanent resident for at least three years, then you are eligible to apply. You may also be eligible if you have honorably served in the United States Armed Forces. If you are currently a United States citizen and your child was born in another country, there are also instances where they may be deemed eligible for naturalization.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and are interested in going through the naturalization process, give us a call today at (504) 708-5400 to schedule a consultation. Our entire team is fluent in Spanish, and we also work with translators when necessary.