Tadeo & Silva Immigration Attorneys: Your Trustworthy Atlanta Citizenship & Naturalization Attorneys
Benefits of Citizenship and Naturalization
Changing a lawful permanent residence status into a U.S. citizen status requires you to meet specific eligibility requirements. A U.S. citizen enjoys various benefits that lawful permanent residents do not have access to.
Such benefits include the right to live and work permanently in the U.S., automatic citizenship for minor children, taking part in the voting process, qualifying for jobs requiring U.S. citizenship, and holding government positions.
However, the United States citizenship application process can be lengthy and cumbersome. But, it doesn’t have to be with the help of an experienced naturalization lawyer.
We can guide you through the application process and prepare you for your naturalization interview.
What Do Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyers Do?
Our citizenship and naturalization lawyers can do a lot for you and your family to obtain U.S. citizenship.
They can help you with the following:
- Interpret immigration law, and provide you with different options or strategies
- Advise you or your employer on all the necessary documents that you need for your application and help you prepare them
- Ensure that the information you present to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is clear, valid, and consistent
- Guide you with the application process and inform you of important dates
- If you face a deportation proceeding in court, they can help you prepare for your court appearance and also represent you in court
When Should You Hire a Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer?
The U.S. immigration law system is complex and can be tough to navigate alone.
Our immigration lawyers have experience in navigating the immigration system. We can assist you with any immigration issues. However, certain circumstances warrant you to hire a naturalization lawyer, as you will see below:
If You Have a Criminal Record
Some crimes are regarded as aggravated felonies and will permanently prohibit you from U.S. citizenship. An immigration attorney will help you understand if your crime is considered an aggravated felony.
If you were arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime, hire a USCIS attorney. Your attorney will tell you whether to apply for citizenship or wait longer. They can also help convince the USCIS that the crime does not affect your character.
When You Are Unsure About How to Apply For Citizenship
If you have questions about your citizenship application process, it is recommended that you seek help from an immigration attorney.
Without such help, there is a risk that you will have errors of omission or lack of relevant evidence in your application, which means that the USCIS is more likely to deny your application. A citizenship lawyer will help you get it right the first time.
If You Applied for Citizenship Without Help and it Was Rejected
You may have tried applying for citizenship on your own, and your application was denied. You would have received a notice from the USCIS explaining why it was rejected.
You may choose to still pursue citizenship. In that case, you need professional help from a dedicated immigration law firm such as Tadeo & Silva Immigration Attorneys. Our lawyers can explain the basis of the rejection and advise on whether challenging the denial will pay off.
If You or Your Spouse Are Working or Worked Oversees Recently or Are in the U.S. Military
In certain situations, such as when you or your spouse work for the U.S. government or you have served in the military, the administrative review process is quicker and easier.
If you are unsure how to take advantage of these factors, consult an immigration lawyer to find out what is required.
Benefits of Hiring a Citizenship Attorney
At Tadeo & Silva Immigration Attorneys, we have experienced immigration attorneys who have assisted considerably with our client’s citizenship and naturalization process.
Below are some of the benefits you will get from hiring one of our attorneys:
1. Helps Avoid and Solve Green Card Problems
In the case of lawful permanent residents (also called green card holders), one of our green card lawyers will interview you in depth about your activities since receiving your green card. This process ensures that you have maintained a good moral character which leads to a successful citizenship application.
Violating immigration laws or having a criminal conviction can lead to deportation and revocation of your green card.
If you are in a situation that could jeopardize your citizenship application process, our immigration attorneys will help present the necessary legal arguments to support your case and preserve your citizenship application.
2. An Immigration Lawyer Prevents Delay in the Citizenship Application Process
Some things could delay or prolong your application, such as failure to complete and submit an accurate application to the state or the USCIS.
Hiring an experienced immigration attorney from our team reduces the chances that your application will be delayed because of misinterpretation or errors in filling the form. We can guide you on how to complete your form and ensure that you have put forward all the necessary details.
3. Get Help With Your Interview
A naturalization application requires a citizenship interview.
Some issues that may arise during the interview include your residency, physical presence, and good moral character. An immigration lawyer will help you prepare your answers to the interview questions to give your application the best chance of being approved.
Your immigration attorney can also help you to prepare the necessary documents for the interview, such as:
- Valid driver’s license or identification
- Interview appointment notice
- Form I-551
- Travel documents since becoming a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
- Tax returns
- Evidence of support for dependents
Our law firm has competent naturalization lawyers who can assist with many types of immigration issues.
Contact Tadeo & Silva Immigration Attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with one of our immigration lawyers.
How to Get Trustworthy Citizenship Attorneys in Atlanta
Hiring a trustworthy citizenship lawyer will be beneficial to your immigration process. You can follow the steps to get a good citizenship lawyer in Atlanta.
Get Referrals From Family Members and Friends
You can get direct referrals from friends, colleagues, and family members who have previously hired lawyers for their immigration issues. They will often give an honest review that you can use to explore your options. Working with a referral is better than seeking a new attorney on your own.
Conduct Online Research
Suppose you can’t get any referrals from people that you know. In that case, you can conduct online research to find a trustworthy lawyer for your immigration case. The internet has made it easier to get information. Online ratings can help you find a good lawyer you can work with.
Clients are often willing to give honest reviews of lawyers who handled their cases. High ratings suggest that these lawyers look after their client’s interests well, are more likely to represent you effectively, and get you as close as possible to your desired outcome.
Schedule a Face-to-face Meeting
Once you choose several potential lawyers, contact them and have a one-on-one discussion about your case. This will help you gauge the level of experience of the lawyers and whether they can communicate clearly with you.
Schedule a consultation with one of the lawyers today to see whether you feel that we can provide you with an excellent attorney-client relationship.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does It Take To Apply for Citizenship?
The naturalization process has five steps, starting with filing a Form N-400 and ending with taking an oath of allegiance. The application process can take between 14 months to 2 years.
How Much Does It Cost to Become a U.S. Citizen?
It will cost you $725 to become a naturalized citizen. The fees are broken down into $640 for Form N-400, and $85 for biometric services. You will incur more costs if you hire a lawyer to complete your application. When hiring an experienced immigration lawyer, make sure you also factor in the costs of hiring one. Tadeo & Silva can provide an estimate of how much your attorney fees will be if you hire a lawyer to complete your application.
Is It Hard to Become a U.S. Citizen?
Becoming a U.S. citizen isn’t so hard. The process is comprised of several steps including multiple documents and forms with a little processing fee. The time it takes depends on your specific case and how well you have submitted the documents. Moreover, the requirement of USCIS isn’t tough but a little complex if you are doing things on your own without any guidance. So, consulting with a lawyer could save you some energy and lead you to a better way.
Does the U.S. allow Dual Citizenship?
Yes, the U.S. allows dual citizenship and it doesn’t require you to relinquish your citizenship in your country.