Millions of immigrants dream of attaining American citizenship and all the rights and responsibilities it entails. The process of naturalization is long and complex, which is why many rely on the advice of a skilled immigration lawyer, who will ensure the proper steps are followed and all documentation is submitted correctly.
Berd & Klauss, PLLC, NYC immigration lawyers with years of experience assisting clients from around the globe, would like to explain the initial steps of applying for naturalization.
Achieve Permanent Resident Status
Before someone can become a United States citizen, they must be issued a Permanent Resident card, also known as a “green card,” and hold that for at least five years. However, there are a few exceptions that allow naturalization within just three years of attaining Permanent Resident status, so ask your immigration attorney for details.
Complete The Eligibility Worksheet
Download and complete an M-480 Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This document clarifies the eligibility requirements applicants will have to satisfy before being approved for naturalization, as well as the many exemptions to some criteria.
Hire An Immigration Lawyer
Once you’ve determined eligibility, you will need to complete and submit form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. At this point, the guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer will be instrumental, helping you avoid common mistakes or inaccuracies that could cause delays or, worse yet, a denial of your application. Your legal representative may even prepare and submit the documentation for you, maximizing your chances of success.
As one of New York City’s most respected immigration law firms, Berd & Klauss, PLLC prides themselves on providing individualized attention and superior service to each of their clients. Whether you’re applying for citizenship or a visa, you can depend on their attorneys for the guidance you need. To learn more and schedule a consultation, visit their website or call (212) 461-7152 today.