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U.S. Citizenship: When Do You Need a Lawyer?

Apr 22, 2019 10:04:00 AM / by Aliro Immigration

 

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You can successfully navigate the citizenship process without an attorney, and Aliro Immigration is here to help you do just that. Aliro Immigration’s software allows you to easily navigate the application process, and checks for common mistakes along the way.

But there are still certain instances where you should consult with an immigration attorney. If you think you need an attorney to help you through the process, Aliro Immigration can help you. Below we provide some of the most common reasons someone should seek out an attorney to navigate the U.S. citizenship process. 

1) You’re having difficulty with the basic eligibility requirements for citizenship

To apply for citizenship, you need to meet the basic eligibility requirements. If you want help walking through those requirements, visit Aliro Immigration’s eligibility section. In general, to be eligible for U.S. citizenship, you must:

· Have spent the required period of time as a legal permanent resident (typically five years, less if you’re married to a U.S. citizen);

· Meet the continuous physical presence requirements;

· Meet the “good moral character” qualifications

There are many rules surrounding eligibility for citizenship, and it’s important to make sure you understand them thoroughly. If you’re not sure on a particular point, you might feel more comfortable and confident discussing your specific eligibility concerns with a licensed attorney.

2) You’re concerned about meeting the good moral character standards

The good moral character questions on the U.S. citizenship application force you to dig into your past and present sensitive information to USCIS. If you’ve got any of the following in your background, you’ll want to consult an attorney: assault; lying to enter the USA; lying to get government aid; lying about your citizenship or voting in an American election; failing to pay required debt; alcohol or drug abuse; having multiple spouses at the same time; and deserting the military.

If you have any of those instances in your past, your application for U.S. citizenship won’t automatically be denied. But USCIS is going to review your application more thoroughly and ask you intensive questions during your interview. Because these circumstances add to the complexity of your course, an attorney can help.

 

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3) You’ve experienced extensive delays in your application

Although all applicants seeking to become U.S. citizens experience different timelines in obtaining citizenship, significant delays after filing your application will cause concern. If USCIS hasn’t acted on your application for over six months, you may want to hire an attorney to help you get in touch with USCIS and figure out where your application sits in the process. Some experienced attorneys may have direct contacts with USCIS and can get insight on your application.

4) You want an attorney to accompany you to the USCIS interview

The USCIS interview can be a nerve-racking affair. Becoming a U.S. citizen is something that you’ve been working towards for a significant period of time, and you want to make sure that everything goes smoothly. If you’ve got a problem with your case, or a complexity in your application, an attorney can help explain the situation to USCIS. The attorney can also point out any law that is helpful to your case. Remember though that the attorney can only represent you truthfully, and having an attorney though won’t stop the USCIS officer from asking difficult questions.

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5) You’re requesting accommodation for a disability

Having a mental or physical disability can make applying for U.S. citizenship very difficult. If you fall into this category, you can request accommodations and an exam waiver. Because of the extra steps involved and the confusion it may cause, if you want to seek an accommodation or exam waiver, an attorney can help you.

6) USCIS has requested additional evidence

At times, USCIS may request additional evidence to support your application for U.S. citizenship. For instance, if you’ve stated in your application that you’re requesting an accommodation for a disability, then you’ll have to file additional relevant documents with your application. If you don’t file the right documents, then USCIS will send you a notice for additional documents. If you’re confused at all about those additional documents you need to prepare, consult with an attorney.

What do I do if I want an attorney to help me with my application for U.S. citizenship?

If you want an attorney’s help to apply for U.S. citizenship, Aliro Immigration can assist you in finding one. Through our legal service plan, we connect you with a qualified attorney in your area. Click here to learn more.

Topics: U.S. Citizenship

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