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Washington DC

Immigration Lawyer of Washington DC

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While everyone with Legal Permanent Resident status in the United States has the right to hold a job and petition for immediate family members to join them in this country, U.S. citizenship allows for many additional privileges for individuals who qualify for it. Once someone becomes a U.S. citizen, they are allowed to vote in local and federal elections, acquire a U.S. passport, serve on a jury, and hold numerous positions in local or federal government.

If you would like to become a naturalized citizen, our immigration attorneys at Hacking Immigration Law, LLC could help. Assistance from a Washington, DC citizenship and naturalization lawyer could be crucial to boosting your chances of success. There are several requirements you must meet before you can apply for naturalization, and our team’s guidance could help prove your qualifications.

Prerequisites for Becoming a Naturalized Citizen

To apply for naturalization, an applicant must be 18 years old or older, have been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, have resided in their current state or territory for at least three months, have at least basic proficiency in written and spoken English, understand fundamental elements of U.S. history and government, and have “good moral character. It is important to note that there are exceptions to some of these requirements in certain circumstances.

For example, a lawful permanent resident who is married to and lives full-time with a U.S. citizen may apply for naturalized citizenship once they have been married to their spouse for three years, regardless of whether they have had LPR status for five years. Additionally, U.S. military service members may be eligible to apply for naturalization after one year of honorable service during war or peacetime.

There are also exceptions to the English and civics requirements if an applicant has a disability that prevents them from fulfilling these requirements. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides a worksheet for individuals trying to determine whether they are eligible for citizenship, and a Washington DC naturalization attorney could also answer questions on their eligibility during a private consultation.

Steps in the Naturalization Process

Eligible applicants for naturalization can begin the application process by submitting Form N-400 along with relevant identifying documentation and fees to USCIS. After finishing initial processing steps, USCIS will notify an applicant of a date and time for their naturalization interview, and potentially an appointment for biometrics screening as well.

Based on all of the submitted information and the results from the screening and interview processes, USCIS will notify an applicant through the mail and/or online that their petition has been “Granted,” “Continued” for lack of sufficient documentation or due to a failed civics or English test, or “Denied” based on ineligibility for citizenship. Approved applicants officially become U.S. citizens once they attend a naturalization ceremony and take their Oath of Allegiance. A lawyer in Washington, DC could help someone through the citizenship application process by compiling all the necessary documents and preparing them for the naturalization interview.

Talk to a Washington DC Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney Today

Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is a monumental achievement that could dramatically alter the course of your life. Unfortunately, the process of applying for naturalization can be complex, especially if it has been a while since you dealt with USCIS.

Support from a Washington DC citizenship and naturalization lawyer could give you the best chances possible of a favorable outcome. Call today to learn more.

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Navigating the maze of U.S. immigration law can be tricky for anybody, especially if English is your second language or you have unique circumstances motivating you to move here. Fortunately, if you are unsure about any areas of immigration or the naturalization process, help through an immigration lawyer (Washington DC) is available at the Hacking Immigration Law LLC.

Retaining one of our dedicated Washington DC immigration lawyers could help you both with USCIS and other U.S. immigration authorities. To find out how immigration attorneys could help you with your specific case, call us today to schedule a consultation.

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The attorneys at the Hacking Immigration Law are dedicated to helping the foreign-born people of St. Louis to live and work in the United States. This dedication is reflected in the kind and grateful words of the clients they have helped. Read what others have to say about the hard work that the Hacking Immigration Law has done to help those in St. Louis.

Does paying for premium processing on an H1B case mean I will find out sooner if our case was selected in the lottery?

Premium processing is an add-on service that USCIS offers for a variety of immigration cases, primarily in the employment-based visa categories.Premium processing costs an additional $1225 in USCIS filing fees.

What is the H-1B visa lottery and how does it work?

In 2014, USCIS received more than 172,000 H-1B visa applications on the April 1st deadline, exceeding Congress’s cap by 87,000 applications.

May an unmarried son or daughter of a lawful permanent resident keep their F2B classification after their sponsoring parent naturalizes?

The immigration laws treat the adult, unmarried children of citizens differently than the adult, unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

What is the "newspaper of general circulation" for PERM job postings?

The Department of Labor requires employers to advertise positions that they intend to submit a PERM application on to publish the job position in the local newspaper of general circulation.

Can I Apply for Citizenship if I Lost My Green Card or It Expired?

In the past, USCIS and some immigration attorneys believed that you could not become a naturalized citizen if you did not have a valid green card (LPR) card to bring with you to your naturalization interview.

Is there such a thing as expedited removal of an immigrant and, if so, what is it?

Most people believe that removal orders or “deportation” orders only happen when you go to the immigration court and see an immigration judge. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Does testing positive for HIV make someone inadmissible to the United States?

On January 4, 2010, the United States officially removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” that make an individual ineligible for admission to the United States.

Are there any special visas for translators who assisted US forces in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Under United States immigration law, there are two Special Immigrant Visas available for Iraqi citizens or nationals who have worked for the United States.