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U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyers

If you or a loved one is interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, there is a long process that you must go through. At Hernandez Law Group, P.C., we can help make that process easier. We understand how the citizenship process works and why a strong legal advocate is so helpful. Whether you have questions, need help filling out the forms, or are looking for other types of help and advice, we are here for you. A number of issues have to be considered to complete the steps to becoming a citizen. Here are some of the areas where you may need guidance.

There are many naturalization and U.S. citizenship lawyers. Additionally, there are a number of attorneys who do this type of work, but they do not specialize in that area. When you work with Hernandez Law Group, P.C., you can expect attorneys and other legal professionals who have a thorough understanding of the types of issues faced by those who are seeking citizenship. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost consultation with one of our bilingual immigration attorneys.

Eligibility and Requirements for Naturalization

To be eligible for naturalization, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. These include being at least 18 years of age and having been a permanent resident for at least five years. If you have been a permanent resident for three to five years and meet certain other criteria – such as being married to a US citizen – you may also be eligible. For those who have met the age and residency requirements, there are still other qualifications that must be met. These include speaking, reading, and writing basic English, and not being away from the U.S. for more than 30 total months in the past five years.

Naturalization Process

A gavel rests in front of an American Flag in a courtroomThe naturalization process involves a number of steps. There is a worksheet to complete that can help you determine if you qualify for the process. At Hernandez Law Group, P.C., we can help you complete the worksheet and answer your immigration questions if you are uncertain about any of the questions. If the worksheet indicates that you are eligible, you should then complete a naturalization application. The application will be submitted and you will be contacted to schedule your biometrics appointment. Your fingerprints and other identifying information will be collected and verified at that time.

You will then have an interview appointment where you must complete a test of basic information about the U.S., including government and history questions. Once you complete all the required steps, you will wait to receive a decision on your naturalization application. If your application is approved, you can then take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States and be declared a citizen. Having help to prepare for the naturalization interview and test, as well as to ensure all the forms are filled out and filed correctly, can go a long way toward improving your chances of being accepted.

United States Citizenship Test

During your naturalization interview, you will be required to take tests that demonstrate your language fluency and your knowledge of U.S. government and history. You will also be asked questions about your application. The tests you will need to take include speaking, reading, writing, and civics. Studying for these tests is recommended, and there are resources to help you know what you should study and the kind of questions you will be asked.

Speaking Test

During your interview, you will also be assessed on your ability to speak English. While you do not have to be completely fluent, you do need basic English-speaking skills in order to pass this portion of the test and get through your interview successfully. As long as you can communicate in English at a basic level of understanding, this part of the test should not be a problem.

Reading Test

You will be given three sentences and must read at least one of them aloud correctly to pass this part of the test. The sentences focus on topics in civics and history, but the reading test is more focused on pronunciation than context.

Writing Test

As with the reading part of the naturalization test, there is a vocabulary list available that can help you study for the writing test. Civics and history topics are used for this part of the test, and you will need to correctly write at least one of the three sentences given to you in order to pass. A basic understanding of English grammar and spelling is needed to complete the writing test and pass this part of your naturalization interview.

Civics Test

The naturalization test has 100 questions on it, but you will not need to answer them all. You will be asked up to 10 of the questions from the list of 100, and you must correctly answer six of those questions. If you answer the first six correctly, you will probably not be asked any others. While only answering six civics or history questions correctly may seem easy, you will want to be familiar with all 100 questions. There is no way to know which questions you will be asked.

Achieving Citizenship

If you pass all the tests and complete your interview, your application for citizenship will most likely be approved. If you fail to complete one area of the test, you can retake it one more time. Failing it a second time means you will have to reapply and move through all the steps again.

At Hernandez Law Group, we want to make sure you have the best possible chance of passing your interview and tests. With the right support and guidance, the process of becoming a U.S. citizen is achievable. Our team is here to provide the quality legal assistance you need so that your journey to citizenship can be a successful one. Contact us today to learn more.

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