Naturalization And Citizenship
As a United States citizen, your new rights will include the ability to vote, obtain public office and government jobs, and avoid deportation. At the Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez in San Fernando Valley, California, we will answer all of your immigration questions and work hard to help you obtain your citizenship.
Obtaining Citizenship Through Naturalization
Becoming a U.S. citizen by naturalization requires at least three years of residency with an immigrant visa or green card. The length of time you must wait before becoming a citizen by naturalization depends on whether or not you are married to a U.S. citizen.
- If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you must be a permanent U.S. resident for three years.
- If you are not married to a U.S. citizen, you must be a permanent U.S. resident for five years.
You cannot have been outside of the U.S. for more than six months during this time of residency. Further, you must have been in the U.S. for at least 30 of the last 60 months (at least half of the time for the last three years).
How Do Criminal Convictions Affect Naturalization?
Generally, a person cannot become a citizen by naturalization if he or she has been convicted of a crime in the last five years. Although we usually recommend waiting for five years after a criminal conviction to apply for citizenship, there are certain circumstances under which we can argue on your behalf at an earlier date. Contact us to discuss your individual situation and find out how we can help you.
Schedule A Free Consultation With An Experienced Immigration Lawyer
Our lawyer has personally gone through the U.S. immigration and citizenship application process. We understand your concerns and will work hard to answer any questions you may have and complete the application process with you quickly and efficiently.
Call our office or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We are available to answer your questions, and we return phone calls as quickly as possible. Our office in Van Nuys is open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
We speak Spanish, Sinhala, Tamil, Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu.
Se habla español.