Many green card holders have a dream of becoming U.S. citizens. Fortunately, U.S. immigration law allows legal permanent residents (green card holders) to apply and become naturalized U.S. citizens. This is accomplished through a naturalization process that requires one to submit a detailed application form, go through background checks, an interview process, and pass multiple tests which focus on U.S. history, civics, and reading, writing, and understanding the English language. Although many of these applications are approved, many are also denied. At Vestal Immigration Law, we have an experienced legal team that helps clients in the Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson areas to successfully apply for and obtain U.S. citizenship.
Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen requires a multi-step process. To be eligible to apply, the legal permanent resident applying for citizenship must satisfy the following requirements:
If you have a criminal record, it is imperative that you consult an experienced immigration lawyer to advise you on the best strategy going forward to successfully obtain citizenship.
If your criminal record has been sealed or expunged under state law, you must still disclose your criminal record to the federal government. Expungement only removes the criminal history at the state level, not for immigration purposes.
There are certain crimes called aggravated felonies which will permanently bar someone from ever becoming a naturalized citizen. If you have a criminal history, you need to consult with an attorney before moving forward with your citizenship.
If you are in the Huntersville area and are thinking about applying for citizenship or if you have already started the process, contact our office for a consultation. Vestal Immigration Law is ready to help on your path to citizenship.
We are dedicated to helping businesses, individuals, and families navigate the federal immigration system. The more you know, the more empowered you become.
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