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JQK Law: Your Citizenship Attorney

Many people globally still believe in the American Dream. US citizenship offers many benefits for immigrants, including permanent residence, voting rights, and the ability to sponsor other family members to come to the US.

However, the US citizenship application is a daunting task for many. An immigration lawyer can help relieve the stress of the process. An experienced attorney can offer advice and resources and will advocate for your interests.

At the JQK Law firm, our seasoned citizenship and immigration lawyers use their experience and skills to support you on your journey to citizenship. We understand the complexities of immigration law and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goal of becoming a US citizen.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of having a citizen lawyer by your side and how our team at JQK Law can assist you in the process.

Becoming a US Citizen

US citizenship is obtained either by birthright or through naturalization. Birthright citizenship is when a person is born in the United States. Those born outside the US must meet specific requirements to become a citizen.

Becoming a citizen is not the same as being a legal permanent resident (LPR). An LPR is allowed to work and live in the US indefinitely. However, they maintain their citizenship in their home country. Becoming an LPR, however, is a major step toward becoming a naturalized citizen.

Benefits of Naturalization

America is commonly known as the “land of opportunity.” People immigrate to the US for various reasons, such as work, family, school, or safety.

If you wish to stay in the US permanently, you may want to obtain citizenship. As a citizen, you will have all the same rights as a birthright citizen, except eligibility for the presidency.

Becoming a US citizen has a variety of benefits:

  • The right to vote in US elections.
  • The opportunity to help family members immigrate.
  • The ability to travel with a US passport.
  • No risk of deportation.
  • The right to travel outside of the country for long periods.
  • Federal benefits like jobs and applying for grants or scholarships.
  • Convenient re-entry after traveling abroad.
  • The ability to run for public office, except the presidency.
  • No more dealings with Homeland Security.
  • Enjoyment of US tax advantages.

What Is Naturalization? 

Naturalization is how immigrants become United States citizens. There are various requirements you must meet to become a citizen. Upon completion of the naturalization process, you will be issued a Certificate of Naturalization.

Eligibility for Naturalization

To be eligible for citizenship, a person must be over 18 years old and a lawful permanent resident. Applicants must have lived continuously in the US for five years as a lawful permanent resident or for three years if married to a US citizen.

The Citizenship Process

In order to become a citizen, applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a complete application for naturalization (form N-400) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  2. Attend a biometrics appointment for fingerprinting and digital photographs.
  3. Attend a naturalization interview with USCIS.
  4. Take and pass a US civics test.
  5. Take and pass an English test.
  6. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the US.
  7. Receive your Certificate of Naturalization from USCIS

An experienced citizenship lawyer from JQK Law can help you navigate the US citizenship and immigration processes. Our citizenship lawyers have comprehensive knowledge of the US immigration system and nationality law. We can help you complete all required forms and prepare for the interview.

Obstacles to Naturalization

There are a few obstacles that can make it difficult to become a naturalized citizen. This includes finances, lack of knowledge about the process, or a criminal record.

Naturalization can be costly and time-consuming. The application fee for US citizenship is $725. For lower-income immigrants, this can be a huge barrier. Time off of work to attend the naturalization interview and biometrics appointment can add to this burden.

If you have a criminal record, you may be permanently or temporarily barred from obtaining citizenship. Some examples of crimes that can block your citizenship and naturalization include drug trafficking, money laundering, violent crimes, driving under the influence (DUI), and tax evasion exceeding $10,000.

The team at JQK is experienced in handling all types of immigration issues. We can help you through the citizenship application process, identify any obstacles, and strategize for success. Our attorneys can also assist with any post-conviction relief to reduce the impact of a criminal record on your naturalization.

How a JQK Citizenship Lawyer Can Help

Our immigration attorneys provide a variety of immigration services, helping you from the time you decide to immigrate to the US to obtaining citizenship or permanent residence.

Expert Assistance With the Citizenship Process

A JQK citizenship lawyer can help you step-by-step through the naturalization application. Our experienced naturalization lawyers will assess your situation and determine a strategy for obtaining citizenship. We also help our clients gather all necessary documents, file appropriate forms, and prepare for common interview questions.

Besides citizenship and naturalization, we are experienced in helping immigrants obtain temporary visas or become lawful permanent residents. We can assist you with your student visa, fiancé(e) visa, marriage green card, employment green card, work, business, and investment visa, as well as consular processing.

A lawyer from JQK Law can help you with:

  • Visa eligibility assessment: Our naturalization attorneys can help you check your eligibility to travel into and reside in the country.
  • Visa denials and appeals: If the USCIS denies your visa application, our citizenship attorneys can maneuver filing for an appeal or reapplication.
  • Visa extensions and change of status: Whatever visa you have, JQK’s lawyers can help extend your stay in the country.
  • Resolving legal issues: While unfortunate, several issues can occur with your visa or green card. Our immigration attorneys can help you address these issues and determine a suitable strategy for maintaining your legal status.

Our legal team is here for you from the time you decide to immigrate to the US till you obtain your citizenship. With JQK Law, you can trust that we will do everything in our power to secure your citizenship status.

Let Our Experienced Attorneys Help You on the Path to Citizenship

Becoming a United States citizen is a long, complicated process. The team at JQK Law will help you maneuver the obstacles to help you realize your dream. Our lawyers value open and honest communication and work hard to ensure the most favorable possible outcome.

At JQK, our immigration lawyers are by your side through the entire immigration process, from start to finish. With decades of experience dealing with immigration concerns, we have helped numerous clients enter the U.S. legally, obtain their green cards, and become citizens.

Hiring an experienced naturalization attorney will give you peace of mind, knowing you have a professional handling your case. At JQK Law, we utilize a client-centric approach to provide quality legal services to individuals worldwide.

Schedule a consultation with an immigration attorney at JQK today.

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