Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is the ultimate objective of many noncitizens who come to this country. At Godoy Law Office, we assist individuals throughout Greater Chicago and statewide who wish to pursue citizenship through naturalization.
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) states that in order to file for a certificate of naturalization, the applicant must:
A noncitizen who is married to a U.S. citizen may be able to receive an exception to some of the requirements above. A noncitizen who has served the U.S. in a war may be able to receive an exception to the requirements above. Our dedicated legal team could help with the Oak Brook naturalization process regardless of the circumstances.
Applicants will be asked to submit an I-551 (Alien Registration Receipt Card) proof of legal permanent resident form. An applicant who meets the requirements above may still encounter difficulty getting a naturalization application approved if:
Many people do not understand the difference between a certificate of naturalization and a certificate of citizenship. Both serve as proof of U.S. citizenship, but a certificate of citizenship is only available to people who were born abroad to a parent or parents with U.S. citizenship or through adoption by a parent or parents with U.S. citizenship.
More people than you might suspect do not realize they qualify for U.S. citizenship through birth. Whatever needs you have, our Oak Brook team can assist in determining your citizenship status and guiding you through the naturalization process.
As part of the naturalization process, you will be asked to:
Our seasoned lawyers in Oak Brook can help you prepare for these numerous requirements and ensure you navigate the naturalization process proactively.
USCIS has 120 days from the date of the initial naturalization interview to issue a decision. If the decision is not issued within 120 days of the interview, an applicant may request judicial review of his or her application in district court. The officer must base his or her decision on the laws, regulations, precedent decisions, and governing policies. The officer may:
The officer must provide the applicant with a notice of results at the end of the interview regardless of the outcome. The notice should address the outcome of the interview and the next steps involved for continued cases
If USCIS has determined that there is a problem with your file, you may be given an opportunity to address the issue. We specialize in dealing with applications where the government is challenging your ability to naturalize.
In addition, if you are denied then you can file a N-336 Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings. Our firm can help you evaluate whether it would be worthwhile to do so or whether you risk removal from the United States. We can also represent you before USCIS during filing and at the final hearing.
If you are concerned about any aspects that may delay your application for naturalization or result in an application being denied, we can help an attorney can provide you valuable legal advice as well as act as an advocate on your behalf. By consulting with an attorney, you are also giving yourself a great opportunity to properly complete the application process without any delays or mistakes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation about the naturalization process in Oak Brook.