About Becoming A US Citizen
Obtaining U.S. citizenship is an important life event. To maximize your chances of success, you should have professional legal representation on your side throughout the process.
If you are naturalized as a U.S. citizen, many benefits will be available to you, including the following:
- You will be able to vote in local, state and federal elections.
- You will be able to travel abroad with a U.S. passport and without time restrictions.
- You should not have to worry again about the possibility of deportation.
- As a U.S. citizen, you will have a strong standing to petition for a green card for a fiance(e) or spouse.
- As a U.S. citizen, you may petition for green cards for your parents, siblings and married children. U.S. citizens receive priority when petitioning to bring their family members to live permanently in the United States.
Having an experienced attorney can help you avoid mistakes during the process, which can result in delays or even denial of your citizenship application.
I am Jason Karavias, a Pittsburgh family immigration attorney, and I have nearly two decades of experience helping individuals achieve their U.S. citizenship goals. When retaining me as your lawyer, I will provide individualized representation. I will help you understand the process, and I will be there for you throughout all stages of the process.
About Eligibility For Citizenship
If you have had a green card for five years and are at least 18 years old, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. This time requirement is shortened to three years if you received your green card based on a continuing marriage to a U.S. citizen.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will review your personal circumstances to determine whether you are eligible for U.S. citizenship. Among the many requirements in determining your eligibility are the following:
- Length of residence and physical presence in the U.S.
- Good moral character
Your marital status and family situation may also be relevant to your eligibility. It is vital to remember that particular issues regarding time spent out of the country, failure to file and pay taxes due, or any prior arrests may have an impact on your eligibility. An experienced immigration lawyer may be able to help you find ways to overcome such obstacles.
Due to my understanding of the immigration system, I can provide a realistic assessment concerning your chances for citizenship eligibility. I can advise you on how to prepare to pass a citizenship test. I can also prepare you for in-person interviews with immigration officers. I will pay close attention to details to ensure your path to becoming a naturalized United States citizen is as efficient and trouble-free as possible.