A Chicago immigration lawyer can help you to understand the process involved in obtaining a green card and becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. Both processes involve submitting petitions and paying fees and may take years to complete. Hiring an immigration lawyer is important to ensure you do it right the first time to avoid prolonging waiting times.
There are many processes that are overseen by the complicated and always-changing immigration policies and laws of the United States. Errors during the process can prevent you from living lawfully in the U.S. or being reunited with loved ones.
Some examples of immigration matters we handle include:
For each one, there will be strict deadlines and documentation required. You want an experienced Chicago immigration attorney handling all of this to ensure you do not delay or jeopardize your case. If you are at risk of being deported, never assume it is inevitable. Have our law firm evaluate any and all possible defenses to your removal as soon as possible.
Becoming a citizen of the United States through naturalization provides immigrants with the same rights and privileges, as well as the same duties, afforded to natural-born citizens.
The naturalization process begins when you file a Form N-400 and your green card. Additionally, you will be required to submit fingerprints.
For those immigrants who do not hold a green card, you must prove that you fall within some exception to the green requirement. Generally, you must have held a green card for at least five years in order to submit a Form N-400 and apply for citizenship. Exceptions to this general requirement apply to those individuals who are spouses of citizens and have lived in the country with their spouses for three years, as well as those spouses of men or women serving in the armed forces and those seeking refuge or asylum.
All documentation required for naturalization may be submitted 90 days before you reach the time limit for living in the United States that is statutorily required to apply for citizenship.
There is also a requirement that immigrants seeking citizenship must have been physically present in the U.S. for two and half years during the five years that they have held a green card. Where an immigrant has sent six months or more overseas, he or she will not be eligible for naturalization.
The immigration and naturalization process can seem arduous, and you may wish to hire an immigration lawyer to guide you through the process. If you have any questions, contact Sverdloff Law Group. With vast experience in immigration law, Chicago attorney Julia Sverdloff can help you to achieve your immigration goals, including becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. Visit our website to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards naturalization today.