Palm Beach County Citizenship & Naturalization Attorney
Holding a Green Card means you are authorized to live and work in the United States permanently as a lawful permanent resident, and this status gives Green Card holders a strong sense of security and belonging. However, despite being a “permanent resident,” it is still possible to lose that status and be deported. This can happen for instance if you commit a “deportable offense” or simply stay too long on a visit outside the U.S. and are deemed to have abandoned your immigrant status.
Staying safe from deportation is only one of the many benefits citizenship confers on immigrants living in America. Learn more about citizenship through naturalization below, and contact the Devore Law Group for advice and assistance obtaining citizenship through naturalization in Palm Beach County.
Benefits of U.S. citizenship
Of course, U.S. citizens cannot be deported for any reason, but there are many other benefits to citizenship as well. Consider the following:
- Only U.S. citizens can vote in U.S. elections
- U.S. citizens can participate and serve in government at the local, state or national level
- Some jobs are only open to United States citizens
- U.S. citizens can bring in family members from abroad through family-based immigration much faster and easier than lawful permanent residents can
- Children born abroad of U.S. citizens can acquire U.S. citizenship through derivative citizenship or the Child Citizenship Act
Important factors on the path to citizenship
Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is a multi-step process that requires preparing and filing the N-400 Application for Naturalization, undergoing an extensive background check and appearing for a personal interview with a USCIS officer. Many people ready to apply for citizenship find that something in their background provides a barrier to their eligibility. The knowledgeable and experienced citizenship attorneys at the Devore Law Group can explore all the factors that go into determining eligibility and help you overcome any obstacles in your path. Factors that can positively or negatively impact citizenship eligibility include:
- Marital status
- Military status
- Length of residence in the U.S.
- Length of presence in the U.S.
- Length of time as a permanent resident
- Knowledge of English
- Knowledge of Civics
- Moral character
- Prior arrests
- Registration for selective service
- History of substantial stays abroad
- Tax return filing history
How the Devore Law Group can Help
Devore Law Group attorneys include Florida Board-Certified Specialists in immigration and nationality law. Our expert lawyers can help you prepare and file your N-400 application and prepare for your interview as well. In addition, in the event your application is denied, we can petition for a review of the denial, lodge an appeal or reapply as necessary and applicable to your personal path to citizenship.
Help with Citizenship and Naturalization in Palm Beach County
For help with citizenship and naturalization questions in Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, call the Devore Law Group at 561-478-5353 to schedule a consultation with a skilled and knowledgeable immigration attorney.