Immigration Naturalization and Citizenship — San Francisco, CA
Ultimately, many immigrants dream of becoming citizens, which grants them many more rights and freedoms living in the United States. Naturalization is the process a foreign national must go through to acquire U.S. citizenship. The runway from immigrant visa and permanent resident to citizenship is often long, and many legal complexities stand in the way.
Immigration attorney Jorge Rodriguez-Choi can advise you based on your situation, explain the proper steps to take, and help you avoid common pitfalls that can lead to denial or deportation.
What should I do to apply?
To apply for citizenship in San Francisco you must fill out a citizenship application called a Form N-400. You are required to submit photos, fingerprints and other required documents, along with naturalization application fees. Questions on the form determine your eligibility and need to be answered correctly and truthfully. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers an eligibility worksheet to assist with filling out the form.
Attorney Jorge Rodriguez-Choi can explain the questions so you fully understand what is being asked. We can also evaluate whether you meet eligibility requirements.
Failure to properly analyze all eligibility requirements can result in the initiation of removal proceedings.
Once the USCIS receives the Form N-400 and required documentation, it schedules your citizenship test in San Francisco where a USCIS official interviews you to test your basic English skills and U.S. civics knowledge of history and government. If you pass the test, the last step is taking the Oath of Allegiance, and afterward you are a U.S. citizen.
If I have a family member who is already a citizen, can that help?
If your parents were U.S. citizens at the time when you were adopted or born outside the United States, under the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) you may automatically be a citizen when you immigrate to the United States with a U.S. citizen parent. We can help you acquire a certificate of citizenship.
Why should I contact an attorney for citizenship or naturalization?
When you apply for citizenship, the USCIS conducts a background check to see if you have a criminal record, prior immigration violations or connections with individuals being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If anything negative turns up on the background check, your case could be flagged for further scrutiny, which could lead to penalties, denial or even deportation. A knowledgeable immigration lawyer can help you avoid such obstacles and may be able to work with you to remedy the situation and handle your ineligibility.
Get legal help from an experienced immigration attorney in San Francisco or Oakland
Contact our immigration lawyer at the Law Offices of Jorge Rodriguez-Choi to schedule a free 10 minute telephonic assessment of your immigration case. Call us today at 510-267-1927.
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