Obtaining Permanent Residency In The US
There are several different ways to obtain permanent residency status in the U.S., all of which should be handled by an immigration attorney in California. In some situations, the person in question may be able to enter the country on a student visa and later apply for permanent residency. A family or an individual can also initiate this process by moving to the U.S. to gain full citizenship. Your immigration lawyer in CA should be committed to doing everything possible to support you during this difficult time. Your lawyer should sit down with you to discuss your family situation, your long-term objectives, and your current residency status in the U.S.
Common Reasons For Pursuing Permanent Residency
To be able to make your voice heard through your vote, to ensure justice through a greater variety of experiences considered in jury deliberations, to be able to secure employment with the federal government, to have less restrictions on your international travel, and in order to become fully integrated into the fabric of the country you have purposely made your home you should consider becoming a citizen of the United States. The most common manner to become a citizen of the United States is through a legal process known as naturalization.
To naturalize you must demonstrate that you are a person of good moral character, that you know basic history and civics of the United States, and with certain exceptions (having had lawful permanent resident status for a certain period of time and reaching a certain age, or, for certain documented medical conditions), that you are able to read, write, speak and understand the English language at a competent level. You must have been psychically present in the United States for a minimum of 50% of the time required to become eligible for the process of naturalization after having been granted lawful permanent resident status (5 years or 3 for some who are in the US military or married to a US citizen).
Deceptively simple, the N-400 probes into the applicant’s life to determine if they are eligible for the highest status we bestow upon an immigrant to the United States. Having a spouse and/or minor children outside of the United States will require a showing of support for those family members, as can a former spouse and minor children residing in the United States. Certain absences from the United States may also require special consideration due to purpose of the trip, length of the trip or country visited. For men, failing to register with Selective Service can be a bar from demonstrating good moral character. A criminal record can present unanticipated problems. These are just a few of the reasons you should consider consulting with an experienced immigration attorney.
Some people may already be citizens of the United States without knowing it. The Child Citizenship Act and the possible transmission of citizenship from a US citizen parent to a child born abroad are examples of how a person may not need to naturalize but obtain a Certificate of Citizenship. If the minor child is still abroad it may be possible to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and a US Passport before the child enters the United States. Sometimes people may need assistance in responding to the Passport Agency in their initial request for a US Passport.
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