The Mulder Law Office in Jacksonville, Florida, is conveniently located across the street from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) where your citizenship application will be considered and your interview will take place.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that applicants for naturalization must be:
The residency requirement has some exceptions for time outside the country that your attorney can explain in detail. The USCIS also provides a Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet that helps potential applicants determine if they are able to apply. Your most important resource is an experienced immigration attorney, who can prepare your application and coach you through test and interview preparation.
If you meet these requirements, you may apply for naturalization. The government provides a range of publications to explain the naturalization process in detail. A Guide to Naturalization, available through the USCIS, may be a useful starting point for your inquiries.
Completing Your Application
Working with your attorney, you must:
As part of your application, you will be fingerprinted. You will receive a notice in the mail of date and time to go to your local USCIS office to be fingerprinted and to have your biometrics taken.
The next step is the interview and test. We will assist in preparation for this day including test preparation. On the day of the interview we will attend with you. At the close of the interview you will be told if you have passed. If you fail the test or additional information is needed you will be given time to comply by submitting the additional evidence or retaking the test. Preparation is key to a successful interview and test at the first attempt. At the Mulder Law Office we assist you with this at every step.
Appealing a Denial of Your Application for Naturalization
It can be devastating to receive a notice in the mail from the USCIS that they have denied or intend to deny your application to become a naturalized citizen. However, this is not the final decision. You will be given an opportunity to request your application be re considered or to appeal. It is very important at this stage that you are well prepared to address the issues involved and why they have - or intend to - deny your application. If you find yourself in this situation contact us immediately. Your rights to request that your application be reconsidered or to file an appeal have time limitations.
Taking the Oath of Allegiance
Your final step is a ceremony. Numbers of new immigrants attend the ceremony and all are sworn in at naturalized citizens of the United States. At the ceremony you must swear allegiance to the United States.
Warning: You are not a naturalized citizen of the United States until AFTER you have been sworn in at the naturalization ceremony. Do not claim to be a United States citizen until AFTER you have completed this process. From the time you successfully complete your interview to the time that you are sworn in, you are a permanent resident. As a permanent resident you can be subject to removal for certain acts and behaviors.
Legal Help with the Naturalization Process
Successfully naturalizing in the United States requires a thorough understanding of the steps involved, and careful preparation at each stage. If you or a loved one are considering becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you should contact an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through each step of the process and protect your legal rights. Contact us for assistance.
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