Becoming a U.S. Citizen, by birth or by taking the legal steps necessary to do so is one of the greatest feelings every person living in America has a right to experience. Hykel Law of Philadelphia, PA is honored to help immigrants who wish to obtain citizenship legally, because we understand the many freedoms and privileges it can bring to you and your family.
U.S. Citizenship is most commonly obtained in three ways:
- By being born on United States soil, or on one of the U.S. territories;
- If born abroad when one or both parents are U.S. citizens;
- Through naturalization, which requires Permanent Residency (green card) for 3 or 5 years. If your Permanent Residency was based upon a marriage and you are still married and cohabiting with the U.S. citizen, you can apply after 3 years; everyone else must wait 5 years. Additionally, you must prove English literacy including language, writing and reading proficiency which is determined by a civics exam. Some people may qualify for an exemption of the reading/writing requirements. Military employees and their spouses have a different set of rules.
U.S. Citizenship can also be achieved in other ways that Hykel Law can explore with you. It is important to note that through the process of citizenship and naturalization, the Foreign National must be deemed an individual of “good moral character”. Having any criminal record – whether misdemeanor or something more serious – can greatly affect your chances of securing U.S. citizenship, but Hykel Law of Philadelphia has many successful citizenship cases for people with criminal records. If you have a criminal record and are interested in U.S. citizenship, contact Hykel Law immediately; otherwise, you could find yourself unknowingly and unwillingly in removal proceedings before ever having a chance to explain these seemingly minor infractions.
Hykel Law offers discreet, confidential citizenship and naturalization services for Foreign Nationals living in the Greater Philadelphia vicinity. We help you through the process of naturalization and citizenship swiftly, efficiently and with the least amount of hassle. Having a bona fide immigration attorney will help expedite your U.S. Citizenship status.