The legal team at Miranda & Weisman is committed to advising and assisting clients through all stages of the U.S. citizenship (naturalization) process. We are a compassionate and caring group of immigration professionals who are focused on helping you achieve your goal of becoming a U.S. citizen. Every Baltimore citizenship lawyer at our firm has an extensive understanding of the of the U.S. naturalization process and we will guide you through the many steps and procedures required to become a U.S. citizen.
Throughout its history the United States has been known as a nation of immigrants. Individuals and families across the globe have come to the U.S. searching for new opportunities and a better way of life. When an individual decides to apply for U.S. citizenship, he or she is making a permanent commitment to the U.S. While you will be rewarded with the rights and privileges of being a U.S. citizen you will also have to agree to accept all of the responsibilities associated with that citizenship.
Individuals, who are not U.S. citizens by birth or derivation, may become U.S. citizens by going through the U.S. naturalization process. Naturalization is a long process and involves many complicated steps and requirements. Individuals seeking to become U.S. citizens must first establish whether they are eligible for naturalization. Determining whether you meet the eligibility criteria set forth by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be a very complicated process. If you are considering applying for naturalization you should discuss your individual situation with an experienced Baltimore citizenship lawyer at our firm. We will take the time to carefully evaluate your situation to determine your eligibility and advise throughout all stages of the naturalization process.
If you are eligible to apply to become a U.S. citizen you will need to file an “Application for Naturalization” (Form N-400) with USCIS. It is very important to provide all of the information requested on this form completely, accurately and honestly. If you fail to do so, USCIS may request additional information from you which can significantly delay the naturalization process. After USCIS receives your form you will be required to get fingerprinted. You will also be scheduled for an interview at a local USCIS office and will be required to take English and civics tests. You should make every attempt to attend your scheduled interview because rescheduling an interview can add several additional months to the naturalization process.
If USCIS grants your application for naturalization you will become a U.S. citizen after taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States at a formal naturalization ceremony. In some cases you may be able to take the oath on the same day as your interview. In other instances USCIS will provide you with detailed information about your ceremony date. In the event that USCIS denies your application for naturalization you may request a hearing with an immigration officer. A Baltimore citizenship lawyer at our firm can help you file this request and counsel you throughout the appeals process. Should your application still be denied after an appeals hearing, we can help you file a petition for federal review with the U.S. District Court.
If you have questions about the naturalization process or are trying to determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to contact our firm today. You can also learn more about the specific procedures and requirements associated with becoming U.S. citizen by reviewing the information provided in the Citizen section of our website.