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Citizenship

Citizenship Lawyer in Chicago

There are many questions that arise during an Illinois citizenship application, with many potential questions that you could be asked. The answers to many of these questions must be acceptable in order for your U.S. citizenship application to continue. There are questions regarding your past and present criminal charges as well as your moral character. There is a five year period, known as the statutory period, preceding the time you apply for citizenship, where you are scrutinized for any reason to deny your application.

You can obtain U.S. Citizenship in Chicago, Illinois with our experienced legal team on your side. Contact the immigration attorneys at Sverdloff Law Group to get started.

How to Become a United States Citizen

While obtaining U.S. citizenship is an ultimate goal, it is important to realize that there are multiple ways in which it can be achieved. One of the most obvious choices for obtaining U.S. citizenship is through birth. The requirements for this are simple – you must have been born in the United States (or in a place that falls under U.S. jurisdiction) and you must have parents who are citizens at the time of the birth. If, however, you have not “derived” citizenship in this way, you are not without hope. The other common form of seeking citizenship for immigrants is through what is known as naturalization.

You are eligible for citizenship through naturalization if the following apply:

  • 18 years or older
  • Been a permanent resident (usually over five years)
  • Defined as having “good moral character”
  • Have a good understanding U.S. history and government
  • Have remained physical presence in the U.S.
  • Are able to write, read and speak English

Those who have been a permanent resident of the United States for a minimum of five years, have been a permanent resident for three years or more while married to a U.S. citizen, or if you have served honorably in the U.S. military are eligible to apply for naturalization. This can be achieved through filling out and submitting Form N-400. You will also be required to take a naturalization test and pass.

Immigration Lawyer to Help With U.S. Citizenship

As immigration increases, applications for citizenship are more closely scrutinized in order to slow the rate of immigration. There are many issues that will arise that the Chicago citizenship lawyer can handle on your behalf. The attorney will help ensure that your rights are protected. Any questions that must be answered regarding your statutory period should be answered by an attorney in order to prevent any mistake that could result in denial of your U.S. citizenship application.

Hiring a citizenship lawyer in Illinois can significantly help during the application process. The experienced Chicago immigration attorneys at Sverdloff Law Group can assist you with all of your citizenship needs. Call our Chicago office to speak with a citizenship lawyer at (312) 238-9090 or contact us to schedule an appointment today!