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Naturalization

Naturalization

Dallas Naturalization Attorney

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

Naturalization is the process whereby a lawful permanent resident becomes a U.S. Citizen. An applicant is eligible for Naturalization when the following requirements are met:

  • At least 18 years old.
  • Permanent Residence Status for 5 years. If obtained permanent residency through a US Citizen spouse, the residency requirement is only 3 years.
  • Resided for at 90 days within the state where the application is filed.
  • Physically present in the U.S. for at least one-half of the 5 years (one half of the 3 years for a spouse of a U.S. Citizen).
  • Resided continuously within the U.S. from the date the application was filed until the ceremony for the oath of citizenship.
  • May not be outside the U.S. continuously for 1 year or more during the required 5 or 3 years.
  • Must be a person of good moral character.

Common Reasons for Denial of Naturalization:

1. Not knowing sufficient English to pass the examination

Naturalization applicants generally must speak, read, write and understand English. Those who are exempt from the requirements include applicants who are at least 50 years old and have been permanent residents for at least 20 years, and those who are at least 55 years old and have been permanent residents for at least 15 years.

Applicants are exempt from the English requirements if they are unable to learn English due to a medical condition. Our clients have obtained exemptions based upon clinical depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety disorders, side effects of medications, age-related memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and head injuries.

Our office has helped hundreds of applicants pass their naturalization exam through our weekly citizenship classes. These classes teach the necessary skills and knowledge required to pass the exam with ease. We also represent each of our clients at their naturalization interview to ensure that they are given a fair chance to demonstrate their English language skills and knowledge of American history. For more information regarding our citizenship classes, contact our office today.

2. Arrests

The government may deny naturalization if the applicant is on probation for any crime. The Dallas Immigration Office, unlike other Immigration Offices, has denied naturalization for any criminal conviction committed during the required period of good moral character.

In 2008, we successfully challenged that policy and won in US District Court. A DWI or other similar one time offense should not stop a lawful permanent resident from being naturalized. The attorneys at Petty & Associates, PLLC vigorously advocate your right to naturalize at your naturalization interview with immigration.

Fort Worth Citizenship Lawyers

At Petty & Associates, PLLC, we vigorously advocate our client's right to naturalize at naturalization interviews with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. As board certified immigration attorneys, we are equipped to guide you and your family through this process. We are committed to doing everything in our power to keep families together.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss your case and the options available to you, please  contact  a Dallas naturalization lawyer at our Texas firm today at 214-905-1420.

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