Naturalization

Our attorneys believe in developing long term relationships with our immigration clientele. Our attorneys therefore work with clients who have obtained permanent resident status as they become eligible for citizenship.

A permanent residence is eligible for citizenship five years from the date they are granted permanent residence or three years from the date they are granted permanent residence in cases where the foreign national obtained permanent residence through marriage to a United States Citizen or permanent resident.

Common problems encountered in the naturalization process include language speaking and writing ability in cases where the foreign national has little or no formal education, the ability to pass a citizenship test administered at the time of an interview, or prior criminal problems. Other obsticals to naturalization include long periods of stay outside the United States after obtaining permanent residence. As a general rule, the foreign national should not spend more than six months outside the United States. In certain cases, however, this requirement is forgiven when the reason for the long period of duration outside the United States is attributable to employment with a United States company abroad or formal education at an insitution which is located abroad. In cases where the foreign national does not satisfy one of the exceptions to the duration requirement, a reentry permit may be necessary before the foreign national reenters the United States.

 

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