Immigration Lawyer in Ohio
Naturalization & Citizenship
Under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), many
immigrants have the option of applying to become full United States citizens
through the process of naturalization. This makes it possible for you
to enjoy the significant advantages of citizenship. You will enjoy all
the protections contained in the Bill of Rights and the Constitution,
be able to vote in elections and run for elected office, and be able to
apply for federal employment positions that require U.S. citizenship.
Naturalization also entails a number of responsibilities, such as the
duty to support and defend the Constitution, obey the law, serve jury
duty, and pay taxes on the local, state, and federal level.
Becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream for countless people from around the
world, and you can greatly increase your chances of success in the application
process by working with an experienced
Ohio immigration attorney from Robert Brown LLC. Our founding attorney is a former district director
for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and we have more than
seven decades of combined immigration experience. We work closely with
our clients, providing exceptional legal knowledge in all immigration
matters, and our team will stand by you throughout the entire process,
guiding you along the way and working to resolve any complications or delays.
Your Path to Citizenship
The first step in pursuing naturalization is to determine whether or not
you are eligible to apply for citizenship. Basic qualifications include
having been a lawful permanent resident for a minimum of five years -
three years in the case of a spouse of a U.S. citizen - or having performed
qualifying service in the U.S. Armed Forces. You must be 18 years of age
or older, must have resided continuously in the U.S. for at least five
years, and must have maintained physical presence in this country for
at least half of the past five years. It is also necessary to pass a test
of your ability to read, write, and speak English, as well as a basic
test of U.S. history and government.
In addition to the above, you must be able to demonstrate that you are
a person of good moral character. In determining whether you meet this
requirement, the staff of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
will examine your past criminal record to make sure that you have not
been convicted of certain types of crime, such as a drug offense, fraud,
a violent crime, or any other serious criminal violation. Lying during
the naturalization interview is also used as grounds to deny a citizenship
application, as this is seen as a demonstration of lack of good moral
character. We will help you prepare for this interview, as well as assist
you with all the necessary paperwork and documentation for your application.
Our team understands how important this case is for your future, and we
want to help you achieve success with a minimum of delay and difficulty.
Contact a Cleveland immigration attorney at our firm before it is too late!