There are many myths about getting U.S citizenship. Some people believe that it is impossible to get citizenship if you have a criminal record or that you must be wealthy to apply. Others think you need to know English perfectly to pass the naturalization test. Our Orange County immigration attorneys bust these myths and explain how Yekrangi & Associates can help you through the process of becoming a U.S citizen.
Myth #1: You Must Be Wealthy to Apply for Citizenship
This is not true! Many programs and fee waiver options are available to help low-income individuals apply for citizenship. You may be eligible for a fee waiver if you meet specific income requirements or have other financial hardships.
Myth #2: It Is Impossible to Get Citizenship If You Have a Criminal Record
Again, this is not true! Even if you have a criminal record, you may still be eligible for citizenship. It depends on the crime you committed and how long ago it was. An experienced immigration attorney can help you determine if you are eligible to apply for citizenship.
Myth #3: You Need to Know English Perfectly to Pass the Naturalization Test
While you need to demonstrate an understanding of English, many resources are available to help you prepare for the test. You can also take the test in your native language if you meet certain requirements. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you prepare for the naturalization test.
Myth #4: If I lie on my Citizenship Application, It will improve my chances.
Citizenship applicants often think giving misleading answers on their citizenship applications is okay. Never lie on your N-400 or any other federal form. If you lie on your citizenship application, you may be charged with a crime and may forever be barred from becoming an American citizen.
Myth #5: You Must Have a Green Card for Five Years to Apply for Citizenship
Not necessarily. If you are married to a U.S citizen, you may only need to have a green card for three years to apply for citizenship. There are also other exceptions and special circumstances that may apply to your case. An experienced immigration attorney can assess your situation and see if you qualify.
Myth #6: You Must Be Employed to Apply for Citizenship
You do not need to be employed in order to apply for citizenship. However, you must demonstrate that you can support yourself financially and meet other eligibility requirements.
Myth #7: Only People with Professional Jobs Can Get Citizenship
You do not need to have a professional job to get citizenship. If you can demonstrate that you can support yourself financially, you may be eligible for citizenship.
Myth #8: You Cannot Get Citizenship If You Have Ever Been Deported
If you have been deported in the past, you may still be eligible for citizenship. It depends on the reason for your deportation and how long ago it was.
Myth #9: The Naturalization Process Takes More than 10 Years
The naturalization process can take anywhere from 6 months to 10 years, depending on your circumstances. You may be able to expedite the process if you meet certain requirements. Our attorneys can help determine if you are eligible for expedited naturalization.
Myth #10: Citizenship Is Impossible to Get!
While the process of obtaining U.S citizenship can be complicated, it is very possible to get citizenship. Yekrangi & Associates has a team of experienced immigration attorneys who can help you through the process. Our firm specializes in immigration law, and our attorneys have experience helping our clients through the citizenship process. Don't let these myths discourage you from applying for citizenship! Contact us today for a consultation to see how we can help you.
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