Austin Naturalization & Citizenship Attorneys
Work with a Board-Certified Immigration Lawyer Serving in Austin and All of Texas
Becoming a U.S. citizen is a dream for many immigrants in this country. U.S. citizenship bestows many rights and advantages while protecting you from the threat of deportation. If you are a green card holder, you may be eligible to apply for naturalization.
Because of the complexities involved in the application process, you should seek legal counsel from lawyers with a thorough understanding of immigration law. Your dream of citizenship is too valuable to move forward without skilled legal representation. At J. Sparks Law, PLLC you will benefit from working with a lawyer who is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration & Nationality Law.
The Benefits of Citizenship
Every year, countless green card holders seek citizenship through the naturalization process to enjoy the benefits of being a citizen.
As a U.S. citizen, you can:
- Obtain a U.S. passport
- Travel abroad freely
- Become eligible for federal employment
- Exercise the right to vote
- Bring other family members into the country
The Naturalization Process
To successfully become a citizen through naturalization, you will have to meet a handful of requirements.
In general, you must be a lawful permanent resident for five years in order to apply for naturalization. You can apply 90 days before your five-year anniversary. For some, who obtained their residency through marriage to a U.S. citizen, an application for naturalization may be filed after three years if the applicant is still married to and residing with his or her spouse. Every applicant must demonstrate that they are a person of good moral character.
The naturalization process requires you to be at least 18 years old. You will need to pass a basic English test, a U.S. civics and history test, and be someone of good moral character.
You may be disqualified from naturalization if:
- You have spent too much time abroad
- You have been convicted of certain crimes
- You have failed to pay U.S. taxes as a green card holder
Some individuals acquire or derive citizenship automatically under certain laws. If you were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent, you may already be a citizen. If you have a green card and one of your parents naturalized while you were under 18 years of age, you may automatically be a U.S. citizen. Many of the laws surrounding who is a citizen at birth or upon naturalization of a parent are quite complex and require research into what law applied at the time of the individual’s birth. These complex laws have changed frequently over the last century; however, an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney can find the answer to your citizenship questions.
Retain Our Austin Citizenship & Naturalization Lawyers
It is vital to know what is expected when applying to become a U.S. citizen. The process can be time-consuming and can cause uncertainty and anxiety.
At J. Sparks Law, PLLC, you will benefit from the extensive experience and skill of attorneys whose only field of practice is immigration law. We urge you to consult with our team for compassionate representation, always in the pursuit of a positive outcome.
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