The Citizenship Process
Successfully securing U.S. citizenship is a complex and daunting process. The application process can take anywhere from six to 18 months and even the most minute of errors in paperwork can result in year long delays or denial of U.S citizenship. Immigrants looking to secure legal U.S citizenship are advised to employ the help of respected and knowledgeable Austin immigration attorney at Walker Gates Vela, PLLC.
Eligibility Requirements For U.S Citizenship:
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Must be a permanent resident of the U.S, for more than three years, or have been issued a permanent resident card.
- Must be a person of good moral character.
- Must be able to prove that you have never deserted from the U.S Armed Forces.
- Must be willing to perform military or civilian service for the U.S
- Must be willing and able to support the Constitution of the United States.
- Must be willing and able to take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
If you meet the basic requirements for eligibility an immigration attorney can help you collect, complete and submit the required forms. Once these forms are submitted and reviewed, your attorney will walk you through the interview process, track your application status and respond accordingly to any requests for further documentation or action on your part. Should your application be denied, your immigration attorney will walk you through the appeal process.
Applying For Citizenship
The primary document you will need for your application is the N-400 Application For Naturalization. Applicants may also have to appear for a biometrics appointment. A citizenship test must be taken, and passed, and all applicants must undergo a thorough interview. If your application is accepted you will then be required to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Issues Surrounding Citizenship
In today’s post 9/11 world, the issues surrounding citizenship have increased tenfold. The INS has morphed into three separate agencies, each of which is tasked with handling various immigration requests in the United States. Immigrants looking to achieve citizenship are now faced with a host of different governmental agencies to deal with and can often get lost in the process without proper representation. Don’t let today’s complicated environment derail your application, let our Austin Immigration attorney’s help.
Impact of Crimes on Citizenship
While certain crimes, such as murder or aggravated felonies that occurred after November of 1990 will automatically bar you from citizenship, others carry a less definitive conclusion to the application process. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, have turned your life around and are now seeking legal status in the U.S, give yourself the best chance possible by employing the help of our legal team.
Loss of Citizenship
The loss of citizenship for American born individuals can occur under a number of circumstances. The majority of the instances result from voluntary decisions made on the part of the individual. But, some (such as committing an act of treason) can be the result of punitive measures. If you are facing the loss of your United States citizenship unfairly, consult our legal team to advocate on your behalf.
Denial of Citizenship
Nothing is more devastating for a family than completing the U.S Citizenship application process, only to be denied in the end. Denial of U.S Citizenship is usually based on a set of five criteria centering around eligibility. If you’ve been denied U.S. Citizenship, speak with an Austin immigration attorney. Our experienced legal teams can help you establish an appeals case.
Appeals of Citizenship
If you’ve been denied citizenship, time is of the essence. All denied applicants have only 30 days to file for an appeal. Using Form N-336, denied applicants can request a new hearing, in front of a different immigration officer. A new hearing will be scheduled within 180 days of the submission of Form N-336. Let the law offices of Walker Gates Vela improve your chances of a successful appeal.
Hiring an immigration lawyer is essential to your case
Don’t mistakenly attempt to navigate the citizenship waters on your own. Hiring an attorney at the law firm of Walker Gates Vela is crucial to ensuring your applications are approved. To arrange a consultation, contact us today at (512) 633-1785 for our Austin office or (361) 356-4502 for our Corpus Christi office.