IMMIGRATION LAW
NATURALIZATION

 

Naturalization is a process in which a person born outside of the United States gains citizenship.  There are certain requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for naturalization.

  • Be age 18 or older; and

  • Be a permanent resident for either 3 or 5 years (depending on how you obtained status); and

  • Have good moral character; and

  • Have basic knowledge of U.S. government

  • A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; and

  • Be able to read, write, and speak English.

 

When you can apply for naturalization depends on a few criteria.

 

  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years; or

  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 3 years during which time you have been, and continue to be, married to and have been living in a marriage relationship with your U.S. citizen spouse

  • Have honorable service in the U.S. military.

 

If you believe you meet any of the criteria above to apply for naturalization, please contact our office.

FAMILY IMMIGRATION

 

Applying for immigration status through a family member can be a complex case and requires a multi-step process.

 

A U.S. citizen can file a petition for:

  • Husband or wife;

  • Children.

 

A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years or older may also petition for:

  • Parents;

  • Brothers or sisters.

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, which includes U.S. citizen’s spouse, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents, do not have a waiting list to immigrate.  These relatives do not have to wait for a visa to become current.

 

A permanent resident of the United States may file a petition for:

  • Husband or wife; and

  • Unmarried children

 

Relatives of a permanent resident must wait until the visa is current.

REMOVAL OF CONDITIONS ON PERMANENT RESIDENCE

A conditional permanent resident receives a green card valid for 2 years.  In order to remain a permanent resident, a conditional permanent resident must file a petition to remove the condition.  This must be done during the 90 days before the card expires.  If the conditions are not removed, you will lose your permanent resident status.

 

If you have any questions about removing conditions on permanent residence, please contact our office.

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