Helping people just like you become U.S. Citizens
Naturalization is the process by which a person who was not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen. The decision to become a U.S. citizen is a big step. It can be one of the proudest moments in a person’s life. And becoming a citizen should be a joyful process, one that is free of stress and uncertainty.At Ponce Law Firm, P.C., we can advise you on what is needed to help you become a U.S. citizen. From filing the Form N-400 to attending a naturalization ceremony, we will help you through the naturalization process every step of the way.
What are the benefits to becoming a citizen?
Are you undecided as to whether you want to become a U.S. citizen? Although the Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to citizens and noncitizens alike, some rights are only for citizens:
- Bringing family members to the United States
- Voting in federal elections (and most state elections)
- Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad
- Traveling with a U.S. passport
- Becoming an elected official
Am I eligible to become a U.S. Citizen?
To become U.S. citizens, people must meet certain naturalization requirements. In addition to complicated residency and presence requirements, an applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time they file for citizenship
- Be a person of good moral character
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
- Be able to read, write and speak basic English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States
Why do I need an attorney to become a Citizen?
Although many people have succeeded in completing their naturalization applications and becoming U.S. citizens without a lawyer, many do not. The naturalization process is deceptively tricky and can quickly deteriorate if it is not handled correctly. Filling out the application incorrectly can cause delays in processing and result in denial of your application. Even worse, individuals who are denied naturalization due to improperly filed applications can be placed in removal proceedings.
Our attorney, Griselda Ponce, can help guide you through the application process. She can help you determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements and ensure that paperwork is filled out completely and correctly, thereby giving you a better chance of having your application approved.