Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer
Texas Lawyers Helping You Realize Your Citizenship and Naturalization Dreams
The Texas immigration attorneys at The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC have helped many individuals become legal citizens of the United States. Don’t be intimidated or get discouraged by the complexities of immigration forms, immigration laws, and U.S. immigration policy. Our Texas citizenship lawyers have the knowledge, skills, and experience to help you through the process, giving you peace of mind while working to stabilize your legal residency situation.
Enjoy the Rights and Privileges of U.S. Citizenship
Even if you have obtained a green card through an employment-based or family-based visa, you should know that lawful permanent residence is not as permanent as its name implies. In actuality, the length of your residency lies within the discretion of the government. As a naturalized citizen, on the other hand, you can stay in the country as long as you like, while enjoying all the civil rights and benefits of citizenship in the U.S. democracy.
As a U.S. citizen, you can:
- Vote and fully participate in government — including running for all state, federal and local offices (other than President and Vice President)
- Apply for jobs open only to U.S. citizens
- Travel with the benefits and security that a U.S. passport provides
- Bring over other family members faster than a lawful permanent resident can
- If your children are born abroad, they will most likely be U.S. citizens under the Child Citizenship Act or through derivative citizenship
If you’re ready to start the naturalization process, contact a citizenship and naturalization lawyer at The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC. We can help you assess your eligibility and educate you about the intensive process of becoming a citizen.
What Is Naturalization?
When you’re born in the United States, you automatically become a U.S. citizen. This is sometimes called “birthright citizenship.” However, for many foreign nationals, American citizenship is a lifelong dream. Under certain circumstances, foreign nationals can become U.S. citizens through the naturalization process. Typically, you must first have legal permanent residence in the United States for five years before you qualify for naturalization.
If you have questions about legal permanent residency or need a green card, contact a citizenship and naturalization lawyer at The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC for more information. Depending on your unique circumstances, you and your loved ones might qualify for green cards based on family sponsorship, employment, investments, or other factors. We help our clients understand their green card eligibility and build comprehensive immigration plans that are both practical and meet their needs.
The Naturalization Process Is Complicated But Worthwhile
Becoming a naturalized citizen isn’t a simple or easy process. However, U.S. citizenship is a valuable asset — and a long time goal of many of our clients. We are honored to help our clients reach their goal of obtaining a U.S. passport and citizenship.
Typically, you must do the following to become a naturalized U.S. citizen:
- Meet certain age requirements (unless you’re an adopted child, you must be at least 18 years old)
- Live in the United States as a legal permanent resident for five years
- Physically be present in the United State for at least 30 months for that five-year period
- Complete a naturalization application
- Submit photographs and fingerprints
- Remain within the United States continuously from the time you apply for citizenship until your application is granted
- Undergo an extensive background check
- Complete an interview
- Demonstrate that you can fluently read and speak English
- Pass a test about U.S. history, politics, and government
- Prove your loyalty to the United States and have a good moral character
- Take an Oath of Allegiance
If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you only have to wait three years before you apply for citizenship.
However, even one mistake might put your citizenship application at risk. And if immigration authorities note inconsistencies in your information that they were previously unaware of, you might also endanger your green card.
With so much on the line, it’s always in your best interest to consult with a citizenship and naturalization lawyer at The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC before you start the naturalization process. We can help you understand the nuances and potential issues that you might encounter during your journey towards U.S. citizenship. We can also help you complete forms and prepare for your intensive citizenship interview.
Let Our Experienced Texas Naturalization Lawyers Guide You Through the Citizenship Process
Obtaining citizenship through naturalization can be a difficult process. The following factors can impact your ability to acquire citizenship:
- marital status,
- military status,
- length of residence and presence in the U.S., and
- length of time as a permanent resident.
Factors such as knowledge of English and Civics and possession of a good moral character can also affect your ability to obtain citizenship. In addition, you may be worried about other factors which could impede your pathway to citizenship, such as:
- prior arrests,
- failure to register for selective service,
- a history of substantial stays abroad, or
- your failure to prepare and file income tax.
While factors such as these are certainly matters for concern, they do not automatically disqualify you from applying for citizenship, and you shouldn’t let them stop you from trying. With the advice and assistance of a skilled and experienced immigration lawyer, you may able to overcome any obstacles that could otherwise stand in your way.
In addition, if you live abroad you or your family members may also qualify for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). This type of derivative citizenship can be complicated and may require that you apply with at an American Embassy or American Consulate, so make sure you have a skilled and experienced attorney to help you through the process. If your not sure if you qualify for CRBA or derivative citizenship through a grandparent, call us so we can help you determine your eligibility.
We Take a Hands-On Approach to Your Case
When you work with The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC, we do our best to guide you through these complicated issues and streamline your naturalization process. We value your goal of citizenship as much as you do. That’s why we take a hands-on approach and try to remain in close contact with all of our clients. If you’re looking both for a positive client experience and the guidance of an experienced citizenship and naturalization lawyer, contact us to request a consultation.
What If I Have Some Problems With My Citizenship Application?
Sometimes, our clients have issues with their citizenship applications. When you apply to become a naturalized citizen, you reopen your entire immigration file. Sometimes, unidentified issues result in deportation actions. Other times, the authorities discover that you have a minor criminal conviction or left the country for a period of time that disrupts your “continuous residency.” These issues won’t lead to your deportation. However, they can create significant problems and delays with your citizenship application.
If any of these circumstances arise, it’s in your best interest to immediately contact an experienced citizenship and immigration lawyer. A lawyer will review your situation and advise you of your rights and options. He may also be able to file a legal action on your behalf.
The U.S. immigration authorities sometimes make mistakes. If you’re having difficulties, don’t panic. You might be eligible for an appeal or a petition for review. For more information and a confidential and no-risk consultation, contact us today.
Request an Appointment With an Experienced Texas Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer
At The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC, we will help you prepare and file your Application for Naturalization. We can also help you prepare for your interview and citizenship test. If your application is denied, we can represent you through an appeal or a petition for review, and help you to reapply if eligible. For advice and counsel from a board-certified immigration lawyer in Texas, contact The Lozano Law Firm, PLLC in San Antonio, San Angelo, and Eagle Pass.