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Albuquerque Citizenship Attorneys

Albuquerque, NM citizenship and naturalization attorney

Lawyers Helping Immigrants Complete the Naturalization Process in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Citizens of the United States enjoy many benefits, and people from other parts of the world who have made a home in the country may have the opportunity to gain citizenship. However, the naturalization process can be complicated, and a person will need to make sure they meet certain eligibility requirements and are prepared to take citizenship tests. Immigrants can make sure they will be able to complete this process successfully by working with an attorney who can help them submit the correct forms and documents and meet all requirements that apply in their situation.

The law firm of John W. Lawit, LLC has helped many immigrants and their family members throughout every stage of the process of immigration, from applying for visas allowing for a person's initial entry to the country to obtaining green cards, defending against deportation, and taking steps to obtain citizenship. Our lawyers have more than 40 years of experience in these matters, and we take steps to make sure our clients are fully prepared to address any issues that may arise and resolve any concerns that may affect their ability to establish a permanent home in the United States.

Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

There are many rights that apply to citizens of the United States, including the rights to free speech, religion, and a fair trial in criminal cases. A citizen will be able to receive a U.S. passport, and they will be able to travel freely throughout the United States and leave and re-enter the country without restrictions. Citizens can also vote, hold public office, and serve on a jury, and they can receive certain types of government benefits. Citizenship can also play a significant role in immigration cases. A citizen may sponsor family members for immigration, and their right to continue residing in the country cannot be taken away.

Applying for Naturalization in Albuquerque, NM

Immigrants can apply to become citizens if they meet the following requirements:

  • They are at least 18 years old at the time they file an application for naturalization.
  • They have had a valid green card for five years or more or are a lawful permanent resident who has been married to a U.S. citizen for three years or more.
  • They have maintained continuous residence in the country and have not left the U.S. for 30 or more months during the previous five years.
  • They have resided in the state or district where they currently live for at least three months.
  • They have good moral character, which generally means that they have not been convicted of offenses such as DUI, violent crimes, or felonies and have not engaged in activities such as torture, genocide, or violations of people's religious freedom.

After submitting an application for naturalization, a person will attend an interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer. During the interview, the person will be tested on their ability to speak, read, and write English. They must also pass a test demonstrating knowledge of United States history and the structure and functions of the U.S. government. If they pass these tests and meet all other requirements, a naturalization ceremony will be scheduled. At this ceremony, the person will take an oath of allegiance to the United States, and they will officially become a U.S. citizen.

Contact Our Albuquerque Naturalization Lawyers

Citizenship is a goal for many immigrants, and it can provide a person and their family with security, ensuring that they will have the right to continue living in the country permanently. To ensure that you will be able to become a citizen, our firm can assist with applications and ensure that you submit the proper documentation. We can also work with you to prepare for your interview and make sure you will be able to pass the English and civics tests. Get legal help with these matters by contacting us at 214-609-2242.

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