Now is the Time to File for NaturalizationPublished: Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Attention all permanent residents! Given the recent developments stemming from the government's visa travel ban, the ease with which your permanent residence may be taken away is something to be concerned about, as there have been reports of permanent residents being asked to sign away their status and give up their green cards.
Although the reports were originally in relation to nationals of the seven countries that were listed on the travel ban, our office has received reports of nationals of non-banned countries (such as Mexico) who had been pressured to give up their permanent resident cards once they traveled outside of the country.
Therefore, if you are currently eligible to naturalize to become a U.S. citizen, now is the time to finally file your naturalization application.
You are eligible to apply for naturalization if you have been a U.S. permanent resident for at least four years and nine months; or at least 2 years and 9 months if you obtained permanent residence through marriage to a U.S. citizen and the marriage is still valid. You must also not have disqualifying criminal convictions and otherwise be a person of good moral character.
USCIS generally looks at the 5 year period before filing the naturalization application in determining good moral character, but certain convictions prior to the 5 year period may also be disqualifying. Most applicants will also need to take civics, writing and reading tests, as well as be able to converse in English. Applicants will also need to have spent at least half of the 5 year statutory period physically in the U.S., with no break in continuous residence for the entire period.
These can be complex issues, so please let us know if you need our help. We will review your background and let you know whether you are qualified, as well as help you with any potential exceptions.
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