Naturalization Attorneys in Corpus Christi & Dallas, Texas
In 2019, nearly 98,000 adults in Texas became naturalized citizens of the United States. They were born in countries all over the world, came to the U.S. for a bevy of different reasons, but all shared a unified desire to become citizens of their adopted country.
The path to U.S. citizenship is often challenging. Those who seek it undergo a rigorous process, but if successful, reap the benefit of being able to call this great country their home. Becoming a U.S. citizen can change your life, and the lives of your family, for the better.
Here at The Torres Law Firm, we are proud to help clients in Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas realize their dream of becoming U.S. citizens. We help clients navigate the complicated and often confusing naturalization process by providing reliable legal counsel and guidance every step of the way. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a naturalized citizen, call or reach out to our office today to learn more about how we can help you with your case.
What Are the Benefits Of
Becoming a U.S. Citizen?
As a legal U.S. resident, you enjoy many of the rights this country offers. However, there are a number of additional benefits for naturalized U.S. citizens, including the ability to:
Obtain and travel with a U.S. passport
Vote in federal elections and run for citizenship-required elected office
Serve on a jury
Be eligible for certain law enforcement jobs
Qualify for certain state and federal benefits such as Medicaid and food assistance
Obtain citizenship for your minor children born abroad
Create an easier path toward bringing family members to the U.S.
Who Is Eligible to Become a U.S. Citizen?
To be eligible to become a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process, you must:
Be at least 18 years old when you file your application.
Have been a lawful permanent resident (have a “Green Card”) for the past three or five years.
Demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years or three years if married to a U.S. citizen.
Demonstrate that you have been physically present in the U.S. for at least the past 30 months, or 18 months if married to a U.S. citizen.
Provide evidence that you have lived in the state where you claim residence for at least three months.
Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
Demonstrate good moral character.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government.
Demonstrate loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America.
What Does the Naturalization Process Entail?
The process involves submission to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) an application for citizenship and supporting documentation, as well as an interview with a USCIS representative.
You will file Form N-400, the Application for Citizenship, either by mail or online. The application must be accompanied by:
A photocopy of your Permanent Resident Card
Payment for the application fee ($640) and biometric services fee ($85)
Two identical photographs of you if you live outside the U.S. when submitting your application
You will also need to submit other documentation, depending on your circumstances. This additional documentation may include:
The Entry of Appearance for your attorney or accredited representative
Documentation of any name change from what appears on your Permanent Resident Card (such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree)
Evidence of marriage if you are applying for naturalization based on marriage to a U.S. citizen
Evidence of U.S. military service if used as the basis for your application
Evidence of continuous U.S. residency
Evidence of a dependent spouse or any children who do not live with you
Documentation of any criminal arrests, charges, convictions, punishments, and expungements
Income tax returns
Evidence if you are applying for a disability exception to the naturalization testing requirement
Documentation of Selective Service registration or why you did not register when required
After you submit all documentation, you will be required to attend an interview for citizenship with a USCIS officer. Following the interview, you will be notified of the decision regarding your request for citizenship.
The Hearing Request for Residents
Who Have Been Denied Citizenship
If your application for citizenship has been denied, you or your attorney may request a USCIS hearing. The hearing should be scheduled within 180 days of the request and be conducted by an officer other than the one who originally denied your application.
If the hearing results in another denial, the applicant’s attorney may request a hearing in the appropriate U.S. District Court.
Get the Guidance You Need To
Become a Naturalized Citizen
The journey to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen involves applications, documentation, and evidence of your commitment to becoming a citizen. The process can often be very complex and overwhelming, especially if you have trouble speaking English or if you have a criminal record.
Luckily, you don’t have to face this process on your own. Having experienced Texas naturalization attorneys to guide you through the process will make the entire journey much smoother. Your attorney can protect your rights and ensure that all required documentation is properly filled out and filed on time. So don’t wait. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a naturalized citizen, call or reach out to The Torres Attorneys today for reliable legal guidance and support.
In Corpus Christi, Texas
Navigating the process of naturalization is never easy on your own. That’s why our firm, The Torres Law Firm, has been guiding clients in Corpus Christi, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas in their quest to become naturalized citizens for years. We know from experience that every case has its own unique set of challenges. We are dedicated to helping our clients meet those challenges. You do not have to make this journey alone. Wait no longer to begin enjoying the benefits of U.S. citizenship. Call The Torres Attorneys today for help!