McAllen U.S. Citizenship Lawyer
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Becoming a U.S. citizen is a significant milestone that confers many benefits, including the right to vote, the ability to work in any field, and eligibility for certain government jobs. Law Office of Ayala & Acosta can help you navigate the citizenship process and answer your questions. We have successfully represented hundreds of clients throughout the Rio Grande Valley, and we can do the same for you.
Naturalization is the process through which a lawful permanent resident can become a U.S. Citizen. If you have been a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years (or 3 years if filing as the spouse of a U.S. Citizen), you may be eligible for naturalization. Other requirements include:
- You must at least 18 years old.
- You must not have taken any trips of 6 months or longer outside of the United States during the last 5 years
- You must have been a resident of the state where you plan to apply for citizenship for at least three months.
- You must have good moral character.
- You must pass the naturalization test, which includes an English language test and a civics test covering knowledge of U.S. history and government.
- You must be willing to serve in the U.S. military or perform civilian service for the United States if called upon to do so.
- If you are a male who lived in the United States between the ages of 18 and 25, you must register with the Selective Service System.
- You must be willing to defend the U.S. Constitution.
English Language Exemptions
You may be exempt from the English language test if:
- You are 50 years old and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 20 years
- You are 55 years old and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 15 years
- You are 65 years old and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 20 years (you will also be given special consideration for the civics test)
Citizenship through Parents
An individual born outside the United States may obtain U.S. citizenship though his or her parents, whether at the time of birth or before the age of 18. The laws concerning citizenship though these means have been amended by Congress multiple times throughout the years. As such, citizenship law can be quite complex. Our knowledgeable attorneys can review your case and help you determine the best course of action.
What Is The Process Of Applying For U.S. Citizenship?
Citizenship is a significant achievement that offers a few benefits, including voting rights, access to government benefits, and the assurance of permanent residency in the United States. At Law Office of Ayala & Acosta, our qualified McAllen U.S. Citizenship lawyer is dedicated to assisting you through the immigration process.
Steps to the Citizenship Process:
- Eligibility Requirements: Meet eligibility the eligibility criteria. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, the requirements may differ.
- Naturalization Application: The first step is to file the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This comprehensive application requires accurate and detailed information about your personal history, employment, travel, and more. Our citizenship attorney in McAllen, TX, can assist you in completing this form correctly to avoid potential delays or complications.
- Biometrics Appointment: You will receive a notice for a biometrics appointment after your application is submitted. The appointment involves providing fingerprints, photographs, and your signature for background checks.
- Citizenship Test and Interview: Applicants must to take an English language and civics test unless they qualify for an exemption. The interview with a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer also includes questions about your application and background.
- Oath of Allegiance: If your application is approved, you will be scheduled for a naturalization ceremony. During this ceremony, you will take the Oath of Allegiance, officially becoming a U.S. citizen.
Speak With a Seasoned Citizenship Lawyer in McAllen
At Law Office of Ayala & Acosta, we offer comprehensive support throughout the entire application process. Our dedicated McAllen U.S. Citizenship lawyer understands the complexities of immigration law and will ensure that your application is accurate and complete. Our Spanish-speaking services make communication easier for our clients, ensuring that you fully understand the process and your rights.
With years of experience and a commitment to your success, our citizenship attorney in McAllen, TX, is here to address your concerns, prepare you for the citizenship test and interview, and provide expert guidance at every step.
Contact Law Office of Ayala & Acosta to schedule a consultation and learn how we can assist you in achieving your goal of U.S. citizenship. Your journey to becoming a U.S. citizen is important to us, and we are here to make the process as smooth as possible. Complete our form or dial (956) 923-3938.
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