Immigration Lawyer in Ohio
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 Brown Immigration Law. 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!