Helping Lawful Permanent Residents Become U.S. Citizens
You can become a citizen of the United States in two ways: birth or naturalization. If you were not born a citizen, you must go through the process of naturalization. Since this is likely to be one of the most important steps in your life and that of your family, an immigration lawyer can help pave the way for a smooth transition.
My name is Vard R. Johnson. At my office in Boston, Massachusetts, I guide people through the naturalization process. Investigating for potential problems and ensuring you meet all the necessary criteria, I will walk you through the complicated legal process of being a U.S. citizen.
The Pathway to U.S. Citizenship
The general requirements for applying for citizenship include:
- Permanent residency for 5 years (3 years if you are married to a U.S. citizen and no waiting period if you are in the military)
- Proof that you can read and write English
- Ability to pass a prescribed civics exam
- Evidence of good moral character
No one should apply for citizenship without first consulting an immigration lawyer. When you initiate the naturalization process, the government checks to see how you obtained permanent residency. Any criminal charge in your past, even if it was dismissed years ago, has the potential to cause trouble for you.
Fifteen years ago, Congress retroactively made numerous criminal offenses serious impediments to green card status. Consequently, misconduct you thought had no adverse immigration consequences can now come home to haunt you. Furthermore, actions you didn't even know were crimes, such as unwittingly voting in an election when you weren't supposed to, can affect your naturalization and can put your green card into play.
As your lawyer, I will work with you to determine if any issue is likely to damage your application. If I find any criminal problems, you and I will see whether we can cause the criminal court to vacate the earlier action, thereby minimizing the potential to harm your application for naturalization and even more important your right to remain in the United States.
Consult with an Experienced Attorney Today
To learn how I can help you become a U.S. citizen, contact me online or call me at 617-830-1392. My office is located in historic Boston, three blocks from the Immigration Court. I have received an AV Peer Review Rating* through Martindale-Hubbell for approximately 30 years.*
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