Helping People Join The American Dream
It’s one thing to immigrate to the United States and complete the necessary documentation in order to live and work within the country legally. However, it’s an entirely different experience – and accomplishment – to become a naturalized citizen of the United States who has full rights within the country. For many immigrants, citizenship is the ultimate dream come true. It’s a proud moment where you can finally say with pride that you are an American.
The Process Can Be Complicated. We’re Here For You Every Step Of The Way.
Citizenship and naturalization is a not always an easy process, which is why it is important to obtain legal advice and guidance from an experienced attorney. The Serrato Law Firm APC specializes in immigration issues. Under the direction of attorney Fabian Serrato, our team works to help his clients achieve citizenship in this country. Speaking both Spanish and English, we provide a warm and welcoming environment where you can begin your journey toward becoming an American citizen. We take pride in our high-quality legal services, and we have developed a reputation for providing our clients with successful results.
The process of naturalization is the way in which an immigrant can become a U.S. citizen with full voting rights, the ability to maintain a U.S. passport and also the right to serve on a jury in the court of law. Naturalization can be a challenging process to endure, which is why it is critical that you work with a citizenship and naturalization attorney who will help guide you along the way. Complete and thorough preparation is absolutely necessary, and your lawyer will help you ready yourself for the process of naturalization.
Preparing for naturalization requires you to:
- Complete a naturalization application
- Take updated photographs of yourself
- Have your fingerprints taken
- Undergo an interview process
- Take the Oath of Allegiance
Requirements For A Successful Process
There are specific requirements that all applicants must meet in order to be considered for naturalization and citizenship. Those requirements include:
- You must be 18 years or older. (Those younger than 18 can only obtain citizenship through adoption by U.S. citizens.)
- You must reside in the country for at least five years.
- You must study United States history and prove that you understand how the U.S. government functions.
- You must be fluent in English. You will have to prove that you can speak, write and read the language. In some instances, the English fluency requirement may be waived and you may be permitted to take the naturalization exam in your native language.
- You must be willing to show allegiance to the United States. In other words, you must show that you have positive feelings and affections for the United States.
- You must prove that you are a moral person with positive character traits.
- In addition, if you have a criminal history, you may still qualify for citizenship depending upon certain factors.
By becoming a citizen of the United States, you will enjoy a multitude of benefits. Not only will you be able to participate in the political process and vote for your preferred candidates, but also will be able to seek out additional employment opportunities that may not be available to noncitizens. Becoming a citizen of the United States will also permit you to immigrate immediate family members.
Start Fulfilling Your Dream — Contact Us Today
Schedule a consultation with Mr. Serrato today in order to learn more about the naturalization process and citizenship. You may contact our Santa Ana, California, office via email or by calling 888-775-6675 now.