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At Kasturi Law, our Illinois immigration and nationality law attorney helps individuals apply to become U.S. citizens through the naturalization process using the N-400 form, Application for Naturalization.

While you are not required to have an attorney to complete the U.S. naturalization and citizenship applications, many applicants seek legal assistance for various reasons and under different circumstances. Here is how we can help.

U.S. Naturalization & Citizenship

Who Can Benefit from Partnering with a U.S. Immigration, Naturalization & Citizenship Attorney?

The N-400 form is essential for permanent residents who meet the eligibility requirements and wish to become U.S. citizens through naturalization. While each applicant’s situation may vary, most may benefit from legal assistance to navigate the application process effectively.

That includes permanent residents (green card holders).

Most applicants must have been lawful permanent residents for at least five years, and those who have been married to and living with a U.S. citizen for at least three years and have held a green card for at least three years.

Current and former members of the U.S. armed forces have different eligibility requirements, special provisions, and expedited processing options, all of which we can help with, starting with an initial consultation.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Naturalization & Citizenship?

Applicants must generally have continuously resided in the U.S. as lawful permanent residents for the required period (three to five years, depending on their immigration status).

In addition, applicants must:

  • Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half the required residence period.
  • Demonstrate good moral character, including law adherence, paying taxes, and honesty.
  • Exhibit the ability to read, write, and speak basic English.
  • Pass a civics test covering U.S. government and history.

Exceptions and Special Cases

  • Older Applicants: Those who are 50 years old and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 20 years or 55 years old and have lived in the U.S. for 15 years may be exempt from the English language requirement but must still take the civics test in their native language.
  • Disability: Applicants with specific disabilities may be exempt from the English and civics requirements if they provide a medical certification.

How Can an Attorney Help with the U.S. Naturalization & Citizenship Application Process

Our U.S. naturalization and citizenship attorney can provide valuable guidance and ensure that your application is accurate and complete, helping to avoid common mistakes that could delay the process or result in a denial.

That includes:

  • Understanding Eligibility: They can help you understand the eligibility requirements for naturalization, such as continuous residence, physical presence, and good moral character.
  • Document Preparation: An attorney can assist you in gathering and organizing the required documents, such as proof of residence, employment records, and tax returns.
  • Addressing Complexities: If you have any complications, such as prior immigration violations, criminal records, or extended absences from the U.S., an attorney can advise on how to address these issues effectively.
  • Interview Preparation: An attorney can help you prepare for the naturalization interview, including practicing the civics questions and understanding what to expect during the interview process.

If any issues arise during the process, our skilled attorney can represent you and communicate with USCIS on your behalf.

While you do not need an attorney to complete the U.S. naturalization and citizenship applications, having legal assistance can provide peace of mind and ensure that your application is handled correctly, particularly if your case has any complexities.

At Kasturi Law, our immigration practice is driven by the desire to give a voice to those who most need it, including those applying for U.S. citizenship. We will consider your unique circumstances and provide the support you need to feel confident and prepared for the naturalization process.

Contact Our Immigration Attorney Today For Consultation

Contact our immigration law firm today to schedule a consultation that suits your needs.

Whether you prefer an in-person meeting, a phone call, or a Zoom session, we are here to accommodate you. You can even schedule a consultation directly using our online calendar, choosing between 30-minute or 60-minute timeframes. We value your time and want to ensure that your immigration questions receive the attention they deserve, helping you confidently move forward.