Athens Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyers

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The Immigration and Nationality Act allows Lawful Permanent Residents of the United States the opportunity to become US citizens once certain criteria is met. This chance allows immigrants the possibility of enjoying the freedom, benefits, and security of the US Constitution lawfully. 

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Naturalization Lawyers

The Immigration and Nationality Act allows non-United States citizens the ability to become United States citizens upon the completion of certain eligibility requirements. This process is known as the Naturalization process. 

    To begin the naturalization lawyers process, one must determine if they are an eligible candidate for the process. Our attorneys will sit with you and then move forward with the process once it is determined that you are an eligible applicant.The next step in the naturalization process is to fill out the N-400 form, this form can be found on the USCIS website, and can be filled out on a computer or via paper. Upon the completion of this form, you are required to get passport style photographs of yourself as well as other documentation, and attach them all to the N-400 form. Once all of the necessary forms are collected, you must send it by mail to the USCIS office and attach a check, money order, or payment via e-transaction to cover the cost of the process. Upon receipt of your documents, USCIS will schedule a time for you to come in and partake in both an interview and sometimes a biometrics test (this is done on a case by case basis). After the interview and potential testing are complete, the USCIS will send a piece of mail to you with one of three different decisions enclosed. A “granted” status means that you have been approved for the naturalization certification, a “continued” status means that the USCIS needs more information and documentation from you prior to making a decision, and a “denied” status means that you are ineligible for naturalization in the United States. If your status has been “granted” you then move forward with scheduling your Oath of Allegiance and Naturalization Ceremony. This is where your naturalization process will be completed, and upon taking the oath, you will receive a Certificate of Naturalization, making you a citizen of the United States. 

    Our firm is skilled in both the paperwork and process completion for Naturalization, and will move the process by thoroughly answering all of your questions and fulfilling all requirements alongside you. 

Eligibility

As stated above, there are certain requirements that must be met for one to be an eligible candidate for the naturalization process. The general; eligibility requirements put in play for naturalization are as follows: 

  • The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • The applicant must have lived in the US as a Lawful Permanent Resident for at least 5 years.  
  • If the applicant travels outside of the US during these five years, he must return within six months to keep demonstrating the continuous presence.
  • If the applicant’s spouse is a US citizen, he can apply for citizenship after 3 years.
  • The applicant must possess a good moral character.
  • The applicant must have proficiency in basic English language and Civics knowledge.
  • The applicant must show determination and allegiance toward the US Constitution.

    If you satisfy any of the aforementioned requirements, the naturalization process will likely be quick and easy, especially with the help of our highly qualified and knowledgeable firm. 

Citizenship through Parents/Grandparents

Children are allowed to receive citizenship in the United States if one or both of their parents or grandparents are US citizens. Regardless of birthplace or naturalization, the child is considered to be a US citizen. 

    To take advantage of this, the process must be initiated and followed through sometime between birth and the time the child turns 18. While a very simple process, this is one that requires a lot of paperwork, and is made easy if our firm is hired. We are aware of and skilled in different processes that help ease the acquisition of citizenship for your child. 

    Certain conditions must be fulfilled, with the main one being the proof of citizenship of the parent or grandparent, as well as proof of physical presence criteria standards. Our experienced lawyers can prepare the petition for citizenship in reliance with both the parents’ or grandparents’ stay in the United States. 

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Citizenship through Military Service

    The Immigration and Nationality Act has special provisions that allow citizenship to those that have served in the United States military, this process is the same as the naturalization process, but has different criteria requirements. The special provisions state that naturalization can be applied for one year after your service in the military is completed and must be done during a peacetime. By serving in the military and applying for naturalization this way, you are exempt from the normal fees that usually come with the naturalization process. However, proper paperwork, filing, and eligibility must still be achieved by the individual, all of which can be assisted by our firm.