Naturalization & Citizenship Attorney in Cleveland
Legal Representation for Immigration Matters
In order to allow an immigrant to become a naturalized citizen and stay in the U.S. permanently and legally, there are certain requirements that have been outlined in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by Congress. At Sintsirmas & Mueller Co. L.P.A., we have more than 50 years of combined experience practicing law and are very familiar with the immigration process. Our Cleveland immigration lawyers are dedicated to using their knowledge and experience to your benefit.
Why Should I Apply for Citizenship?
There are many different benefits (and responsibilities), once you are a legal U.S. citizen. For example, citizens have the right to vote and are able to sponsor family members to come to the U.S.
How Do I Become a U.S. Citizen?
In order to apply and be approved for citizenship, you must have no criminal history (in the recent past) and prove that you are of good moral character.
There are a number of different paths you can explore to become a U.S. citizen, including the following:
- Serving in the United States armed service - If you serve in the U.S. armed service, this is one of the fastest ways to be granted citizenship. The process can be streamlined in times of war and peace.
- Basic path to citizenship - If you are 18 years of age or older, can read, speak, write, and understand English, have a knowledge of U.S. government and history, and have been a lawful permanent resident for 5 years, you may be eligible to become a citizen.
- Marriage to a United States citizen - If you currently hold a green card and have lived in the U.S. for the past three years as a permanent resident, you may be eligible to pursue this path to receive citizenship.
Many people begin their immigration journey with citizenship as their final goal. With the right knowledge, preparation, and guidance, you can become a citizen through a process called naturalization.
Here are the 5 steps to becoming a U.S. citizen.
- Assess your eligibility - To qualify for citizenship, you must first meet the eligibility requirements.
- File your naturalization application - To officially apply for citizenship, you will use Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- Attend your biometrics appointment - The biometrics appointment is a criminal background check. You will provide your signature, photograph, and fingerprints.
- Attend your interview - Once USCIS has processed your application and determined that you are preliminarily eligible, they will schedule an interview.
- Take the Oath of Allegiance - Once you complete this step, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization and can enjoy the full benefits of citizenship.
Consult with an Immigration Attorney
We are here to provide you with the necessary information you need to meet the requirements and help you to fill out all of the necessary forms. These forms, such as the N-400, can be quite complex and require evidence of your moral character, your residential history, and your current marital status. Contact a citizenship lawyer today.