Citizenship Attorneys Chicago

Citizenship Attorneys Chicago

Many United States permanent residents (Green Card holders) have a desire to one day become U.S. citizens. This is possible if one meets the eligibility criteria, but many cases result in denial, even for those who meet the eligibility criteria. It is therefore important to consult with an experienced citizenship attorney in Chicago before you embark on the process of becoming a citizen. 

Our citizenship lawyers routinely help clients in the Chicago area seeking citizenship to obtain this status with ease, and we will be happy to help you as well.

The Naturalization Process

One becomes a citizen either by birth or through what is known as the “naturalization process.” This is a process that entails submitting Form N-400 Application for Naturalization to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and paying the appropriate application fee. 

To apply for naturalization as a U.S. citizen, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time you submit your application
  • Have been a Green Card holder for the past three or five years, depending under which category you seek the citizenship  
  • Have continuously resided and have been physically present in the U.S.
  • Be able to speak, write and read basic English
  • Show you are a person of good moral character
  • Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of basic U.S. history and government
  • Show loyalty to the principles underlying the U.S. Constitution; and
  • Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.

Preparation for Citizenship Interviews

While it is important to submit a complete and accurate N-400 Application for Naturalization, it is just as important to prepare fully for your naturalization interview. The interview is critical because this is when an immigration officer will ask you questions designed to verify information on your application. 

To make sure you go through this interview smoothly and without complications, the following tips can be helpful:

  • Prepare for the Citizenship Test. You will be tested for your ability to speak, read, and write basic English as well as your understanding and knowledge of basic U.S. history and government. The USCIS website has several resources to practice for your English skills and your Civics test. Take advantage of these resources ahead of your interview and in plenty of time to avoid last-minute cramming.
  • Organize Your Documents. Make sure to bring all required documents, including those whose copies you submitted with your application. You should organize these documents in a folder, and in a manner you can easily identify and access them during the interview.
  • Dress Well and Be on Time. While being shabbily or poorly dressed is not a legal basis to deny an application for naturalization, it does make a good impression on the interviewing officer if you are well dressed. 

Seek Guidance from a Citizenship Attorney in Chicago

Going through the naturalization process should ordinarily be a straightforward exercise, but there are many situations where applicants get surprised with denials over things that could have been avoided had they sought legal help. Do not risk being one of them! Contact us today to discuss your case.