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Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer

Becoming a U.S. citizen expands your rights and privileges as a permanent resident. In San Antonio, Wogwu Law will assist you—step-by-step—as you apply for U.S. citizenship through the naturalization process.  You cannot control when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves your application. But Wogwu Law can identify issues that might cause delays and help you minimize or avoid them. So, what can you expect throughout the naturalization process?

Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer

You can apply for U.S. citizenship by completing the naturalization process. Applying for U.S. citizenship is an essential step toward unlocking the benefits and responsibilities of living in the country. But you must qualify to apply.

Are You Eligible to Apply for Citizenship?

You are likely eligible to apply for citizenship if you meet these requirements:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Are a permanent U.S. resident (Green Card holder) for at least the past five years. And you have not been outside of the U.S. for more than 30 months in the past five years
  • Lived in the same U.S. state at least three months before completing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Have good moral character and fulfill your legal obligations
  • Able to speak, read, and write English
  • Know the basics of U.S. history and government

Please read our Green Card page for details about applying for permanent residency.

How Long Does It Take to Become a U.S. Citizen?

The entire process of becoming a U.S. citizen takes 12 to 18 months after you completed your application for naturalization. And the average time is 15 months. But each person has unique circumstances that can affect processing time.

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What Are the Steps in the Naturalization Process?

The steps in the naturalization process begin with verifying your eligibility to apply. Next, you must complete and submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization and wait for a decision. And if you are approved, you must attend an oath ceremony. We will explain what is included in each step and what you can do if the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denies your application.

1. Applying for U.S. citizenship

You can apply for citizenship online by completing the Application for Naturalization – Form N-400. Or, you can print and mail the forms. But read the instructions and document checklist first. We will help you understand which supporting documents you need to complete the form.

What is the citizenship application fee?

In 2021, the filing fee N-400 is $640. But you may incur other expenses. Use the USCIS fee calculator to determine your cost.

2. Attending a biometrics services appointment

A biometrics services appointment is the process of gathering information about you for a background check. The USCIS requires a biometrics appointment for some applicants. During the appointment, a local Application Support Center representative will complete these steps:

  • Record your fingerprints
  • Take your picture
  • Ask for your signature

3. Completing a naturalization interview

During your naturalization interview, you will answer questions about your Application for Naturalization. And you will take an English test and a civics test about U.S. history and government.

4. Waiting for a decision from USCIS

The USCIS will send you a written notice on whether they approved or denied your Application for Naturalization. If the USCIS denies your application, you can request an appeal hearing. But you must do so within 30 days of the decision.

5. Attending an oath ceremony

You must attend an oath ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance as a U.S. citizen. The USCIS will schedule the ceremony. And you will turn in your Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) to receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

How Can a Naturalization Lawyer Help You?

A naturalization lawyer can guide you through the process, anticipate issues that may delay your application, and minimize complications. Wogwu Law of San Antonio simplifies the citizenship and naturalization process for you in several ways:

  • Guides you through the entire naturalization process
  • Advises and guides you in completing the N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Ensures you include the required supporting documents with your application
  • Advises you as you prepare for the naturalization test
  • Represents you during the naturalization interview
  • Gives you legal support and helps protect your rights if the USCIS denies your application

The USCIS can deny an application for various reasons. But legal representation can prevent delays, complications, and removal proceedings.

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