Do you have a Naturalization or Green Card Interview coming up and you need representation for the interview?
Naturalization: What is it? Who can apply? What is the process? What are the Benefits?
Naturalization is the process whereby one can become a citizen of the United States (hereafter “US”). One usually has to have a green card (lawful permanent resident status AKA “LPR”) and has to meet eligibility requirements before one can naturalize.
Contact Kasturi Law, LLC at (630) 392-8101 to discuss why it is important to have representation at the interview and
how Kasturi Law, LLC can assist you.
Why it is important to have an attorney for your naturalization interviews
A question that I often receive is “Do I really need a lawyer for my citizenship process?” And my answer is always unequivocally – “Yes!” There are several reasons for my answer:
- Am I even eligible for citizenship?
When a lawful permanent resident also known as a green card holder applies for U.S. citizenship he or she has the burden or obligation to show USCIS (immigration office that processes applications) that he or she is eligible for citizenship. This requires a full understanding of all of the legal requirements for citizenship. A qualified immigration lawyer is able to fully analyze this and be sure you meet all of the objective legal requirements and the subjective legal requirements related to showing you a person of Good Moral Character. It also means that USCIS is going to look into how the applicant received his or her permanent residence in the first place. If applications were not filled out correctly or if an applicant failed to discuss something in the green card process it can come into play during the citizenship process. For this reason it is important to retain counsel who will review all prior filings and conduct a thorough consultation with you before applying for citizenship.
- My case is simple. Will legal questions arise where I need an attorney?
When applying for citizenship you need to submit a 20 page form that you sign under the penalty of perjury. USCIS uses this form to determine if you are eligible for U.S. citizenship. The form includes some very simple questions related to your family, places of employment, addresses, etc. But it also includes six pages of very specific legal questions. Answering these questions wrong can be detrimental to a citizenship application. Often applicants who apply without a lawyer misinterpret these questions and fail to answer them correctly – whether it means they withheld information accidentally or failed to include an appropriate explanation to a question. Having a qualified immigration lawyer assist you in completing the form will ensure that you answered each question properly and with credibility. This will also help ensure that you will likely not have any surprises at your citizenship interview.
- My grandmother got her citizenship without a lawyer. Isn’t the process still the same?
Unfortunately, the immigration landscape is constantly changing more than ever. Although the laws adopted by congress as it relates to citizenship don’t change often – the regulations or the way the laws are interpreted change all the time by the courts or the current presidential administration. I often tell my clients “You don’t know what you don’t know.” I have dedicated my career to learning about the constant changing field of immigration law. I am equipped to defend you against the changing forces.
How can Kasturi Law, LLC (Attorney Shobhana Kasturi) assist you with your green card interview?
Assist with filing for a replacement green card if you have lost or had your green card stolen.
Assist with filing for a replacement green card if your green card has expired.
Assist with filing for green card if you have a refugee status and need to apply for adjustment of status.
Assist with filing for a green card if you have asylee status and are looking to adjust your status.
Are you a DACA recipient married to a US Citizen wanting to explore if you may be eligible for a green card? Kasturi Law can assist with this.
Do you have TPS status and wanting to explore if you may be eligible to file for a green Card? Kasturi Law, LLC can assist with this.
Assist with applying for commuter status.