Naturalization

Naturalization Lawyers in Alexandria

Helping You Become a Citizen of the United States

U.S. citizenship: the final stage of your immigration journey. This status offers a host of invaluable benefits, but it will take time, work, and professional guidance to complete the process. At Tesfaye Law, we have helped countless people become U.S. citizens, and we want to put our experience to work for your future.

If you become a U.S. citizen, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Permanent protection from deportation
  • Automatic citizenship for your children (if they are under 18)
  • The ability to sponsor your spouse, parents, siblings, and children of any age or marital status for a green card
  • The ability to retain a government job
  • Freedom to travel outside of the U.S. without restrictions
  • The ability to vote

To learn more about our citizenship services, call (703) 454-8865 or reach out to us online today. Our naturalization lawyers assist clients in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.


How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Per the 14th Amendment, anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen. If you were born in another country, however, you will need to complete the naturalization process, which may take several months or multiple years. You will have the burden of proof, which means you will need to demonstrate your eligibility for citizenship.

Generally, you can only become a citizen if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate good moral character and an attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • Demonstrate basic English language skills and knowledge of U.S. history and government (with certain exceptions)
  • Have been a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) for at least 5 years (3 years if you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen)
  • Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 2 ½ years (18 months if you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen)
  • Have lived for 3 months in the state or INS district where you filed your application

You will begin your naturalization process by filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. You will then attend a biometrics appointment, where the agency will take your fingerprints, photo, and signature to conduct a background check. If you complete this stage, you will then attend an interview with a USCIS officer, who will ask you questions about your situation, background, and application. They will also test you on your English skills and U.S. government/history knowledge. Upon passing this interview, you will take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony.

While this process seems straightforward, you may face unexpected obstacles. At Tesfaye Law, we have an in-depth understanding of naturalization, and we can help you anticipate challenges and thoroughly prepare you for each stage of the process. If USCIS denies your application, we can help you apply for administrative and judicial review.

U.S. citizens have access to several powerful benefits, and we want you to achieve this status as soon as possible. To get started, contact us online or give our office a call at (703) 454-8865 today.

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