Citizenship Attorneys in Rockville
Naturalization for Immigrants in the DC Metro Area & Across the U.S.
The naturalization process toward becoming a U.S. citizen, at one point simply required filing an N-400 form and attending an interview. Unfortunately, those days are long past, and the citizenship process has become fraught with danger for the immigrant.
In today’s immigration world, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) examiner not only reviews the naturalization application, but also reviews underlying immigrant or nonimmigrant applications. This process, if not well prepared, could devastate the immigrant’s chances of continuing to live in the U.S.
Who Is Eligible for Naturalization?
To become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have had a green card for at least 3 years
- Maintained a physical and continuous presence in the U.S.
- Show good moral character
- Show basic knowledge of U.S. history and government
- Have proficiency of spoken and written English
- You are willing to make an oath of loyalty to the U.S.
Our dedicated team at Yacub Law Offices can help you determine your eligibility and guide you through the entire application process, from the paperwork to the interview preparations. If there are any issues or obstacles that arise, we are ready to assist and help resolve them promptly so that your process can resume smoothly.
Is Dual Citizenship Allowed in the US?
The US has no restrictions on holding citizenship in another country alongside American citizenship. As a citizen, you can live and work freely, without the threat of deportation, buy property, and influence elections by voting or running for office. With dual citizenship, you have those freedoms in two countries.
The Benefits of Citizenship
The importance of obtaining United States citizenship cannot be underestimated. Citizens are protected from deportation, meaning their life in the U.S. is not haunted by the threat of removal proceedings and you can enjoy the security afforded to other American citizens.
In addition, citizenship affords other benefits, including:
- Citizens can petition on behalf of numerous family members, offering a chance at reunification in the U.S.
- A citizen can act as a qualifying relative for waiver purposes.
- A citizen can vote and participate in the democratic process in the United States.
- A citizen has the same rights as other Americans to live and work in the U.S.
Possible Areas of Concern for Potential Citizens
Clients typically face two areas of concern on their path to citizenship. Our lawyers at Yacub Law Offices will thoroughly review these potential issues before filing the citizenship application. The first area of concern is whether there is a discrepancy between the residency application and the naturalization application. Any discrepancies, which may seem minor, could result in the denial of the immigrant’s citizenship or revocation of their green card.
Today, USCIS takes the position that if a person does not list all children in the underlying visa petition, it could be fraud and thus grounds for denying and revoking the green card. This simple oversight can have a hugely negative impact on your case.
The second area of concern is the existence of any prior criminal record. Our Rockville citizenship attorneys will review your entire criminal record before filing an application. Our experience in these cases is well established, as Yacub Law Offices has litigated U.S. citizenship matters within the agency and in the United States District Court for decades.
My experience with Yacub Law has been excellent. My attorney, Ilana Kramer, is giving our case all the time and attention that is needed to support a young and at risk client.- Yolanda
Yacub Law team, we just want to thank you all for your support and time.- Mohsin Ali & Ansa Shafique
They are a world-class operation. Not only is Ivan Yacub a nationally-recognized authority in immigration law, and a wise and creative mind in legal matters, but he is also backed by an outstanding team of support professionals.- Gladys Giugale
He knows what he can do and will do it. I owe him my life.- Javad Ghandi
Very professional, and the staff is extremely outstanding. Thank you for all the help.- Ryesaps-Rous