Generally you will have to be a United States lawful permanent resident prior to applying for your citizenship. Becoming an American citizen is what many people dream of because it gives them the right to freely live and work in a country where we have a variety of different cultures, ethnicities, and races. The application process will begin with the filing of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.CITIZENSHIP – ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible to apply to become a United States citizen you will need to:
- Be at least 18-years-old (there is an exception for military naturalization);
- Have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 5 years, or 3 years if married and living with a United States citizen for the past 3 years, your spouse has been a United States citizen for at least the past 3 years, and within the past 3 years you have not been outside of the United States for 18 months or more;
- Be a person of good moral character;
- Be willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States;
- Pass an exam that asks questions about American history and government; and
- Be able to speak, read, and write simple words and phrases in English.
If you cannot read, write, or speak English you may be able to qualify for an exception if you fall into one of the following categories:
- If you are over 50-years-old and have lived in the United States for at least 20 years since you became a lawful permanent resident; or
- If you are over 55 years old and have lived in the United States for at least 15 years since becoming a lawful permanent resident; or
- If you are over 65 years old and have lived in the United States for at least 20 years since you became a lawful permanent resident you will qualify to take an easier version of the civics examination; or
- If you have a disability that prevents you from being able to read, write, or speak English.
Our law firm has assisted numerous people avoid taking the citizenship examination in English. If you have a disability that prevents you from taking the exam, please contact us immediately. We do not want you to lose the opportunity to become a United States citizen!CITIZENSHIP– BENEFITS
If you are able to become a United States citizen you are entitled to numerous benefits, including but not limited to:
- The right to freely live and work in the United States without needing an employment authorization card;
- You can never be removed or deported from the United States;
- You may be able to sponsor your spouse, children, siblings, and parents for lawful permanent residence in the United States;
- Eligibility for need-based government assistance such as welfare, Medicaid and food stamps, and Supplemental Security Income if you are disabled; and
- Social Security card.
Citizenship cases can get complex when the applicant has a criminal record or issues with their good moral character. The Law Office of Armand Jawanmardi understands how to present your case in the best possible light so that your application has the greatest chance of being approved. Attorney Armand Jawanmardi has the experience you need to persuade the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services that you deserve to be an American citizen.
We will interview you extensively to make sure that you qualify to become an American citizen. We understand that you will probably be nervous the day of your citizenship interview which is why we thoroughly prepare you for what to expect in order for you to have a successful interview. Our firm is by your side throughout the entire process.
You need and deserve a law firm and an attorney who will stand by your side through the citizenship process and defend your right to be an American citizen. We want to have the honor of representing you. Please contact The Law Office of Armand Jawanmardi for a free consultation on what you can expect when applying for American citizenship and what we can do for you at 713-999-9115. We are always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions.