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U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

The team of Immigration Lawyers at Rodriguez-Martin Immigration Law Offices is
reliable for processing immigration and naturalization applications.

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We help lawful permanent residents understand the process of naturalization and prepare for and defend against any potential barriers to becoming a U.S. citizen. Generally, lawful permanent residents who have had a green card for three or five years can qualify for naturalization.

Our team can guide you through the naturalization process, help with issues that might impact eligibility for citizenship and represent you as you apply to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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Applying for US Citizenship and Naturalization

U.S. Naturalization is the method by which people who were born outside of the United States become U.S. citizens. 

Through the process of naturalization, you are given lawful permanent residency from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

The team of Immigrant Lawyers at Rodriguez-Martin Immigration Law Offices is reliable for processing immigration and naturalization applications.

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How to Apply for U.S. Naturalization?

I regularly represent US citizens and permanent residents, and their foreign national relatives, through the family based immigration process. If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you may sponsor your family members for a family based green card. 

There is no necessity to file for citizenship if you are already a U.S. citizen or obtained citizenship from your parents. 

Complete the Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet to decide if you satisfy the requirements for filing for US citizenship.

You must fill out the form N-400, which is the application for naturalization. Then, you can file online by making a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services online account. You can also file by mail. You must also present documents with your Form N-400. The necessary proof includes:

  • Two passport-style photographs if you live outside of the U.S.
  • A copy of authorized military orders if your naturalization application depends on your service
  • A copy of your permanent residency card
  • For married, a copy of the marriage certificate

 

Filling out form N-400 can be complicated. Reach out to your naturalization attorney for help when filing for naturalization.

One of the vital steps in filing for naturalization is to submit your Form N-400 to the USCIS. The fee for filling out Form N-400 is $640. And with the biometrics fee of $85, the total price of a US naturalization application is $725. You can indeed ask your immigration attorney about exceptions to this payment.

Once the USCIS accepts your submission, they will provide you with a receipt notice. 

The citizenship application processing time can take 5.5 to 8 months, yet changes depending on your location. Therefore, processing time can take up to 18 months or more.

You will obtain details from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding your biometrics appointment’s time, date, and location. Biometrics contain digital signing, photographs, and fingerprints.

The USCIS will organize an interview where an English test and a civics test will be dispensed. The interview itself will also specify your English-speaking ability. You will be asked a series of questions during the US citizenship interview. Your immigration lawyer can provide you with the best assistance regarding this.

There are three different options you can receive from USCIS about your N-400, Application for Naturalization:

  • Granted — You are authorized and qualified for U.S. Citizenship.
  • Continued — You are qualified for citizenship but may require to send in more documents or have to retake the English and civics tests.
  • Rejected — You may be rejected if you are found ineligible for citizenship.

After you are authorized for citizenship, you are on your way to becoming a naturalized citizen. Next, you will obtain a notice to take an Oath of Allegiance. 

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Meet The Expert

Attorney Rodriguez-Martin was born in Bogota, Colombia. Her paternal grandmother first made the journey to the United States in the 1960s from Colombia and lived in New York City as a single mother struggling to give her son and future grandchildren the opportunities that she never had. These are the same struggles and goals that she sees in the clients that we serve regardless of country of origin, language, gender, religion or background.

She is a graduate of Cardozo Law School. She has been active in the immigrant community since 2002 when she participated in Cardozo’s Immigration Law Clinic. She has worked and volunteered for several organizations helping the immigrant community including Hope’s Door, Immigration Equality, PFLAG of NYC, Bellevue Survivor’s of Torture Program, Kids in Need of Defense, and CEUS Centro Comunitario.

CECILIA RODRIGUEZ-MARTIN

Member of AILA and the National Immigration Litigation Alliance

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