Austin Naturalization & Citizenship Lawyer
Helping Clients in Texas & Beyond Obtain U.S. Citizenship
As an immigrant to the U.S. who lives and works here, you may dream of
one day becoming a U.S. citizen. Citizenship provides many benefits, from
allowing you to vote, travel with a U.S. passport, apply for federal jobs
and government benefits, and more. It also gives you the right to remain
in this country without the threat of being deported, except for rare
situations of denaturalization. There have been many changes to the naturalization
application and with heightened government scrutiny a seemingly minor
situation could transform into case that could be denied for failing to
mention something as simple as a previous contact with an immigration
official or trips abroad for more than one day. At Zavala Law, PLLC, we
are deeply familiar with the citizenship and naturalization processes.
We can provide the guidance you need every step of the way to handle any
challenges that may arise.
Want to become a citizen?
Contact our Austin naturalization and citizenship attorney at
(512) 488-3970 for help in pursuing your citizenship dream.
How the Naturalization Process Works
In order to become a U.S. citizen, you will have to complete all required
steps as laid out under U.S. immigration law. Only those who are eligible
To be eligible for the naturalization process, you must fall into one of
the following statuses:
- You have maintained lawful permanent resident status (green card holder)
for a period of at least five years.
- If married to a U.S. citizen, you have maintained lawful permanent resident
status (green card holder) for at least three years.
- One or both of your parents were U.S. citizens when you were born abroad.
- Your spouse or your parent is a member of the U.S. military.
- You are a member of the U.S. military or you are veteran with an honorable
discharge (some restrictions may apply).
The naturalization process for anyone who is eligible then requires the
- You must have resided in the state where you apply for at least three months
prior to your application.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- Prior to applying you must have maintained a physical presence in the U.S.
for a minimum of 30 months during the previous five years.
- During the last five years (or three years for those who qualify as a spouse
of a U.S. citizen) you have not taken a trip outside of the U.S. that
lasted for a year or longer.
- You must be able to read, speak, and write basic English.
- You have learned and know the basics of U.S. history as well as the principles
and formation of the U.S. government (known as civics).
- You have been a person of good moral character during the years prior to
your application. This means avoiding any criminal charges or poor moral
behavior. Specific criminal convictions will disqualify you for naturalization.
Trying to hide these will likely also disqualify you. It is best never
to falsify any information on an immigration application.
- You agree with and support the U.S. Constitution.
- You understand and are willing to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.
The naturalization process involves other requirements as well involving
the submission of various documents, from immigration forms to copies
of your own personal documents, such as green cards, marriage certificates,
photographs, and more. You will also be required to attend an interview
with an immigration official where you will be asked questions and your
documentation will be reviewed. Biometrics (fingerprints, photos, and
signature) will also be required during the process.
Reach out to us at
(512) 488-3970 for experienced immigration legal help today.