Irvine Citizenship Lawyers
Helping Clients in Orange County with Naturalization
If you have made the momentous decision to pursue citizenship in the United States of America, Yekrangi & Associates would be proud to be a part of your journey. Our citizenship attorney has helped many men and women resolve complex immigration challenges and achieve the means necessary to pursue their goals in America. Let us use our skills to your advantage.
At Yekrangi & Associates, we understand that immigration can change many different aspects of your life. Your case has the potential to cause ripple effects that impact your future and your family. Let us protect your interests and promote your rights when the stakes are high.
When you are ready to pursue citizenship, Yekrangi & Associates is ready to stand beside you. Contact us today or call (949) 478-4963 to speak with a citizenship attorney in Irvine. We speak English, Spanish, Farsi, and Mandarin.
Am I Eligible for Citizenship?
In order to qualify to begin the naturalization process, you must meet certain basic eligibility standards.
These requirements include the following:
- Unless you are a minor who has been adopted by a parent who is a United States citizen, you must be at least 18 years old.
- You must have an upright moral character and an attachment to the principles contained in the United States Constitution.
- You must be able to speak, write, and read English.
- You must have a familiarity with the history of the United States and its government.
There are also residency requirements:
- You must have been a law-abiding resident of the United States for at least 5 years. This may be broken if you decide to travel and stay out of the U.S. for over a year. Even a 6-month absence may be noticed.
- Out of the 5 years, you must be physically present in the U.S. for 30 months prior to the date of filing the application
- You must have resided in the State you are filing in for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing your application.
The Naturalization Test and the Oath of Allegiance
Most applicants for citizenship must take a test as part of obtaining U.S. citizenship. The naturalization test measures your ability to speak English and your knowledge of U.S. history and government. The USCIS provides resources to help applicants prepare for the test, however, you may only get two chances to pass the test, so make them count!
You may be exempt from taking one or both parts of the test for a number of reasons, including:
- You are age 50 or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 20 years
- You are age 55 or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 15 years
- You suffer from physical disability, mental impairment, or medical disability
As part of applying for naturalization, you must take an oath of allegiance in a public ceremony. Modifications may be made to this step as others during the application for citizenship. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for an exemption or waiver that may make the citizenship process easier. Discuss your options with a skilled citizenship lawyer in Irvine!
Why Become a U.S. Citizen?
If you are currently a lawful permanent resident, you may renew your green card as many times as you like to ensure that you are able to stay in the U.S. however, there are also advantages to becoming a U.S. citizen. Below are a few reasons why people choose to apply for citizenship.
When you become a citizen, you have:
- Protection from deportation.
- The ability to sponsor family members.
- The right to vote.
- Freedom to travel without restriction.
- The ability to serve on a jury.
- The ability to apply for government jobs.
- Obtain government benefits.
- The ability to become an elected official who can run for federal office.
According to U.S. law, a U.S. citizen is also considered a U.S. national. These laws allow U.S. nationals to acquire foreign nationality by way of a marriage, and also to retain the nationality of their birth country after becoming a U.S. national. In other words, it is easy to acquire and maintain dual citizenship in the U.S. You may only risk losing your U.S. nationality in a few scenarios, such as applying for a foreign nationality with the intention of giving up U.S. nationality.
Dual citizenship requires individuals to obey the laws of both countries that the individual is considered a citizen and national of. This could create problems, depending on the countries and where the individual resides. If you are seeking dual citizenship or confronting one or more issues involved with your dual citizenship, speak with an Irvine citizenship attorney and discuss your unique circumstances.
Call (949) 478-4963 To Schedule a Consultation
Attorney Ashkan Yekrangi understands the complex naturalization and citizenship process thoroughly. We are ready to put our knowledge to work so that you do not have to be concerned about forgetting any crucial steps or making costly mistakes during the process. There are many important factors to consider as you move forward with your goals of naturalization.
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