Chicago Immigration and Naturalization Law Blog

Don’t Let A DUI Derail Your Citizenship Goals
Mario A. Godoy

Do you want to become a citizen… but you have a DUI? If you want to be naturalized and become a United States citizen, but you have a DUI arrest...

Are You Qualified for Citizenship Through MAVNI? (The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest Program)
Mario A. Godoy

May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month to recognize and honor all U.S. service members. U.S. non-citizens born in American Samoa ...

Should I Disclose An Expunged Criminal History When Applying for Naturalization?
Mario A. Godoy

A criminal record can cause you problems for years – even decades – during a routine criminal background check for employment or housing, ...

FAQs: When Does My Time As a Permanent Resident Begin?
Mario A. Godoy

If you are not a U.S. citizen, your authorized period of residency in the United States must have an official starting date and ending date. Your time...

Gender-Neutral Passport Options Now Available
Mario A. Godoy

A new gender option is now available on passports for American citizens for Americans who identify as neither exclusively male nor female. Starting Ap...

Watch:  9 U.S. Citizenship Requirements
Mario A. Godoy

In order to become a U.S. citizen, all naturalization applicants must meet citizenship requirements. Foreigners who go through the naturalization proc...

What To Do If You Were Adopted from a Foreign Country and Your Are Not A Citizen
Mario A. Godoy

If you are an adult adoptee from a foreign country, you might already be a U.S. citizen. What happens if you are adopted from a foreign country and yo...

Do You Qualify for Expedited Naturalization?
Mario A. Godoy

Becoming a U.S. citizen is complicated, can take a long time, and has many requirements. There are some options for expedited naturalization for quali...

Who Can Avoid Taking the Civics Test on the Citizenship Exam?
Mario A. Godoy

Speaking English and understanding United States history are important requirements to become a U.S. citizen. There are three ways someone can become ...

Who Can Avoid Taking the English Test on the Citizenship Exam?
Mario A. Godoy

Speaking English is an important part of becoming a U.S. citizen. There are three ways someone can become a citizen of the United States: 1. Birth 2. ...

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