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San Francisco Citizenship Attorney

Experienced Legal guidance for U.S. Citizenship

If you're a legal U.S. resident, you might consider pursuing U.S. citizenship, offering not only a sense of security but also various benefits like voting rights and job opportunities. With over 23 years of experience, our San Jose citizenship attorney at Verma Law Firm can guide you through this important process.

U.S. citizenship can be acquired through birth in the U.S. or specific incorporated areas, or being born to U.S. citizen parent(s). If these circumstances don't apply, the naturalization process is an option. We're here to assist you in understanding and preparing for the naturalization process.

Why Choose Our San Francisco Immigration Law Firm

At Verma Law Firm, PC, we understand the process of naturalization can be complex and confusing. Our San Francisco citizenship lawyer is here to help you navigate the citizenship process and provide the guidance and support you need. Whether you are a lawful permanent resident or a non-permanent resident, we are ready to assist you with your application for naturalization in San Francisco, and the rest of the country.

Our San Francisco Citizenship services cover the following areas:

Our experienced San Francisco citizenship attorneys and staff are here to provide you with competent immigration services in to help obtain U.S. citizenship. 

Schedule your consultation with Verma Law Firm, PC by calling (415) 650-2940 or contacting us online to speak with a citizenship lawyer near you. 

Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

Achieving U.S. citizenship unlocks a multitude of benefits and opportunities for you and your family. As a citizen, you gain the right to vote in elections, run for public office, and access a variety of government benefits that are not extended to permanent residents. Furthermore, U.S. citizens enjoy the privilege of traveling with a U.S. passport, which offers significantly more flexibility and ease of travel compared to holding a green card.

Other benefits of U.S. citizenship include:

  • Protection from deportation
  • Eligibility for federal jobs and government grants
  • Ability to sponsor family members for immigration
  • Access to certain educational scholarships and financial aid
  • Opportunity to apply for a U.S. passport for children born abroad

Requirements for Naturalization

The eligibility requirements for naturalization are different for lawful permanent residents and non-permanent residents. A lawful permanent resident must be:

  • A lawful permanent resident in the United States for at least 5 years
  • Able to read, write, and speak basic English
  • Able to pass a test that proves your knowledge of U.S. history and government
  • Able to pass a test that proves your understanding of the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • Able to demonstrate good moral character

A non-permanent resident must be:

  • A non-permanent resident in the United States for at least 5 years
  • Able to read, write, and speak basic English
  • Able to pass a test that proves your knowledge of U.S. history and government
  • Able to pass a test that proves your understanding of the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • Able to demonstrate good moral character

After you meet the eligibility requirements, you must apply for naturalization. You will need to fill out an application, pay the application fee, and provide documentation of your eligibility. You will also need to take the Oath of Allegiance in a formal ceremony.

Can I Apply For U.S. Citizenship If I Have A Criminal Record?

Navigating the path to U.S. citizenship with a criminal record can be complex, but it is not necessarily a dead end. First and foremost, the impact of a criminal record on your citizenship application depends largely on the nature and severity of the offenses. Certain crimes, particularly those classified as "crimes of moral turpitude" or aggravated felonies, can significantly hinder your ability to become a U.S. citizen. These might include offenses like fraud, theft, or violent crimes. However, not all criminal convictions will automatically disqualify you.

When applying for citizenship, full disclosure of your criminal history is essential. Failure to disclose past convictions can lead to denial of your application and possible deportation. Our citizenship attorneys in San Francisco, CA, can help you assess your criminal record and understand its implications for your citizenship application.

In some cases, it might be possible to mitigate the impact of a criminal record by demonstrating “good moral character” over time. This involves showing that you have reformed and are now leading a law-abiding life. Additionally, obtaining legal advice and representation is crucial. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the process, prepare necessary documentation, and advocate on your behalf during interviews and hearings.

If you have a criminal record and are wanting to apply for U.S. citizenship, be sure to consult with an experienced immigration law attorney at Verma Law Firm to have a better understanding of what your options are.

Schedule your consultation with Verma Law Firm, PC by calling (415) 650-2940 or contacting us online to speak with a citizenship attorney near you.

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    Arjun Verma

    "Immigration lawyer Arjun Verma has been practicing law since 1998. He completed his B. A. from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta University, Calcutta, LL.B. from Bombay University, Bombay, India, and LL.M. from Tulane Law School, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1998."

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