America is the land of opportunity. People around the world dream of starting a new life in the U.S. and gaining American citizenship. At Harrington Law Offices, we want to help make that dream a reality.
Determining Whether You Are Eligible
To apply for U.S. citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be a permanent resident (have a green card).
- You must have lived in the U.S. for five years (three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen) and not have been out of the U.S. for 30 months or more, or taken a trip outside the U.S. that
- lasted one year or more.
- You must have lived in the state where you are applying for citizenship for at least three months.
- You must take and pass an exam testing your ability to read and write English, and your knowledge of U.S. history and government.
- You must be of good moral character, meaning you have not committed any crimes in the U.S.
There are exceptions to these requirements. If you fail to meet one of the above, you still may be eligible for U.S. citizenship. An experienced immigration lawyer will be able to advise you of your options.
Some barriers are harder to overcome than others. For example, if you were convicted of a minor crime or have outstanding unpaid child support, becoming a U.S. citizen will be difficult. If you entered the U.S. illegally, you will need to become a permanent resident first.
Navigating The Citizenship Process
The citizenship process can be complex. There are many forms you must complete and documents you must provide. One misstep can result in a delay, or denial, in citizenship. At Harrington Law Offices, we will assist you with the entire citizenship process — from start to finish. We will help you complete the necessary forms, gather and organize all supporting documentation, and advise you during your background check, fingerprinting, biometrics screening and interview with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCSIC). Our goal is not only to help you become a U.S. citizen, but to make the process as smooth and efficient as possible.
We Will Help You Take The First Step To U.S. Citizenship
From our office in Boston, Massachusetts, we have been helping people obtain U.S. citizenship since 1994. We are here to help you. To learn more about becoming a U.S. citizen, call our office at 617-482-3800 or contact attorney Daniel P. Harrington online. Se habla español. Se Fala Português.