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Applying for United States Citizenship

Naturalization, or becoming a United States citizen, is a big step. With over 20 years of experience as an immigration lawyer, Emmanuel V. Meimaris knows common problems that can delay your citizenship. With his guidance you will become a U.S. citizen faster.

What it is?

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a legal permanent resident as long as he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

To be eligible for naturalization you need to meet several requirements, including:

  • a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S.
  • an ability to read, write and speak English
  • a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
  • good moral character
  • attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • favorable disposition toward the United States
There are exceptions to these general requirements. These may be based on a person’s age, the number of years that the person had a green card and mental disabilities.  If you got your green card based on marriage to a U.S. citizen, you can file for citizenship only 3 years after getting your green card instead of 5 years which is the normal wait time for all other legal permanent residents.  Consult with Attorney Meimaris if you think that an exception applies to you.

Application & Interview

The Law Office of Emmanuel V. Meimaris works with you from the beginning, all the way through to this last step of the immigration process.  All forms and paperwork is prepared and filed for you.  If you are concerned about past criminal issues, long absences from the U.S. or other matters, consult with Attorney Meimaris in order to make informed decisions before filing for citizenship.

The firm provides you with the study materials for your examination and prepares you for what to expect at your interview with the U.S. immigration service.  You have the option to request the attorney to go with you to the interview, to assist and guide you, to make sure that everything goes well.

Mistakes & Delays

There are a number of things that can complicate this process:

1. Problems with filing:  If you have a criminal record or you failed to register with the Selective Service, you may not be able to apply for citizenship at this time. Attorney Meimaris will help you identify these concerns and search for solutions.

2. Language barriers:  The naturalization process is complex. It is even harder when you have difficulty with the English language. In some circumstances, depending on a person’s age, the number of years that the person had a green card and mental disabilities, you may not need to know the English language to become a citizen. Attorney Meimaris will help you with any concerns about your English language proficiency.

3. Duration of permanent residency:  If you have spent a long of time out of the U.S. since you got your green card, you may not qualify for citizenship.

Consult with Emmanuel V. Meimaris before making a decision regarding citizenship. You will know exactly what to expect from the entire procedure.

Eager to learn more? The Law Office of Emmanuel V. Meimaris offers competitive rates and a flexible appointment schedule.
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