Citizenship Attorney in Dallas, Texas
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, there were 830,560 applications for citizenship in 2019. Becoming a U.S. citizen remains a significant accomplishment in the life of any immigrant or foreign national living in the country. If you're a U.S. resident considering applying for citizenship, it is crucial that you consult with an experienced immigration law attorney for detailed guidance.
For over a decade, I have been offering experienced legal guidance and advocacy to clients throughout the greater Dallas, Texas area in immigration-related matters. As your legal counsel, I can educate you about the naturalization process and guide you through every step involved in your citizenship application. I can help prepare an application on your behalf and work to ensure that you're treated fairly in every phase of the process. Immigrants are not always comfortable dealing with the Government and I can also help ease the interview process. If you have a criminal history, I can help you analyze your eligibility and help in your path toward citizenship.
My firm — M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC — proudly serves clients in Dallas, Texas, as well as the surrounding areas of Richardson, Lewisville, Coppell, Balch Springs, Grand Prairie, Irving, Farmers Branch, Garland, Carrollton, and Mesquite, Texas. Contact me to schedule a consultation.
The Benefits of Citizenship
In the United States, citizenship is a status that includes specific duties, rights, and benefits. Below are some of the benefits of obtaining U.S. citizenship:
You have the ability to exercise your voting rights in state and federal elections
You are allowed to bring your family members to the United States
You will not need visas for a lot of countries
You have the ability to apply for a U.S. passport
With a U.S. passport, you can get U.S. government assistance when you travel abroad
You have the ability to obtain citizenship for your children born abroad
You and your children cannot be deported to your former country
You are eligible for federal jobs
You have the ability to sit on a jury
You can become an elected official
You will have the same rights and privileges as all U.S. citizens
You can receive federal benefits and privileges that are exclusive to U.S. citizens
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Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship
In order to be eligible to apply for U.S citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be 18 years of age or older
You must have a valid green card
You must have lived in the United States continuously for five years (or three years, if married to a U.S. citizen)
You must be able to read, write, and speak basic English
You must have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government
You must be someone of good moral character
You must be loyal to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
You must be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance
The Process of Becoming a Citizen
Becoming a citizen involves the following processes:
Complete a citizenship application on the required USCIS Form
Submit your application with the necessary supporting documents and the applicable fee
Attend your fingerprint or biometrics appointment
Attend your interview appointment
Take the English language ability and knowledge of U.S. history and government tests at the interview if you do not qualify for one of the exceptions
If you're successful at the interview, you'll receive an appointment for your swearing-in ceremony (Oath of Allegiance)
You're expected to live in the United States continuously once you file your citizenship application until the application is granted. An experienced immigration law attorney can help determine your eligibility, submit your application, and prepare you for the interview.
Dual citizenship (or dual nationality) is a situation in which a person is a citizen of two countries simultaneously. A person with dual citizenship can share the rights, responsibilities, and benefits of the citizens in each country. If you're a U.S. citizen, you may naturalize in a foreign state without any risk to your U.S. citizenship status.
Work with An Experienced Immigration Law Attorney
Applying for citizenship involves making sure that your application is complete in all respects. With U.S immigration laws continually changing, having proper guidance and experienced representation is important to ensure a smooth and successful application. An experienced immigration law attorney can explore your available legal options and help you make key decisions.
At M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC, I have the experience and resources to assist individuals and families through complicated procedures involving citizenship and naturalization applications. As your attorney, I can help you understand your possible legal options, prepare a valid application, and navigate the entire naturalization process with you. Even if your application has been denied, I can help appeal the denial and work to have your citizenship granted.
Citizenship Attorney Serving Dallas, Texas
If you need knowledgeable guidance through the citizenship and naturalization process, contact my firm — M Mathew Law Firm, PLLC — to schedule a one-on-one consultation. I can offer you the detailed legal counsel and advocacy you need in your immigration situation. My firm is proud to serve clients in Dallas, Richardson, Lewisville, Coppell, Balch Springs, Grand Prairie, Irving, Farmers Branch, Garland, Carrollton, and Mesquite, Texas.