There are an estimated 400,000 people in South Florida alone who have a Green Card and are eligible to apply for Naturalization. If you have a Green Card and are interested in finding out if you meet the requirements for U.S. Citizenship, please contact Finberg Firm. Immigration Attorney Seth Finberg can provide qualified legal assistance towards your goal in becoming a U.S. Citizen. We offer services and resources to overcome barriers to successfully complete your N-400 Application.
REMEMBER: An applicant can apply for Naturalization and fill out the N-400 application on their own. However, we recommend all applicants should approach a qualified legal professional to at least review their application before submitting it to the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
You can apply to become a U.S. Citizen 3 months early. If you have had a Green Card for 4 years and 9 months you can start the application process before the 5 year period. If you are married to a U.S. Citizen you can apply for Naturalization after 2 years and 9 months.
Immigration Attorney Seth Finberg can help you with your dreams of becoming a U.S. Citizen.
Requirements #3 (Continuous Residence), #4 (Physical Presence), and #6 (Good Moral Character, including any criminal history) generally create the most holdups and requests for additional information. If you have any significant gaps in your residence or presence in the United States (travel/work/living outside the U.S.) there may be issues with your application. Furthermore, if you have any concerns with Good Moral Character (especially regarding your criminal history) we STRONGLY ADVISE you contact a qualified immigration attorney BEFORE proceeding with your Naturalization Application.
Continuous Residence is one of the key requirements for maintaining not only your eligibility for Citizenship but also for maintaining your Green Card. If you spend too much time outside of the U.S. you can be determined to have abandoned your LPR status (Green Card).
Remember, there is a presumption that you broke your continuous residence if you ever traveled outside the U.S. for more then 6 months (180 days). If you broke your Continuous Residence there is a possibility you may have abandoned your Lawful Permanent Resident Status.
Contact an Immigration Attorney if you have any questions or concerns.
Physical Presence is a measurement of how many total days you have been in the United States in the last 5 years. This determination separate from Continuous Residence.
The applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the 5 (or 3 ) year period.
Naturalization can be denied to an applicant if the USCIS deems them not to be of Good Moral Character. Your Immigration Attorney can help advise you with this process and determine if applying for Citizenship is the right course of action.
A client's criminal history will be considered as a factor in their Good Moral Character determination. Remember, having a criminal history does NOT automatically disqualify an applicant. However, Crimes of Moral Turpitude (such as fraud, conspiracy, and certain sexual crimes) are automatic disqualification and could put the applicant at risk for deportation (removal). Additionally "Aggravated Felonies" can be bars to naturalization.
The client has the burden of proof that they have been admitted as a Lawful Permanent Resident.
It is important to have your immigration attorney verify how you obtained your Green Card and make sure you are eligible for Naturalization.