Naturalization & Immigration Law Services In Chicago, Illinois
Many individuals who immigrate to the United States hope to become full citizens one day. It tends to be the ultimate goal of a great many individuals, in fact, and it’s common to hear people express this desire. One of the biggest misconceptions about the naturalization process is that it “just happens” eventually – that if you live in the United States for a certain amount of time, you will be considered a citizen. That is not the case, unfortunately, and this particular misunderstanding is especially dangerous for immigrants.
Naturalization is the process that immigrants must undergo in order to be granted citizenship to the United States of America. It is completed only after successful fulfillment of the requirements set by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by Congress. They are very specific actions that must be taken and requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for naturalization – and it’s important to note that not everyone is eligible. Not everyone will ever be eligible, unfortunately, at least under the current guidelines and restrictions.
If you want to become a citizen of the United States, or believe that you might already be a citizen, it’s important that you take the time to hire an experienced lawyer who understands immigration law as well as the naturalization process. This is because if you go about things the wrong way – if you believe that you are a citizen or eligible for the naturalization process and are incorrect in that assumption – you could find yourself facing serious consequences.
Don’t take the chance of facing deportation and removal proceedings. At the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., we are experienced in the issue of immigration law. We understand what requirements you’ll need to meet in order to be considered a citizen of the United States, and will be able to help you both avoid unfavorable consequences as well as begin the naturalization process should you be eligible.
Benefits of Becoming a Citizen of the United States
There are many advantages to becoming a naturalized citizen. The ability to vote, in state, federal, and local elections for example, is one given only to citizens of the United States. That means that even if you maintain permanent residency and have for a very long time, you will still have no vice in elections unless you become a citizen. Another benefit to being a citizen is the ability to qualify for scholarships and certain government jobs. You might also be eligible to run for office if you’re a citizen, whereas you cannot if you’re a permanent resident.
Access to many public benefits like social security payments are reserved for citizens of the United States. Finally, keep in mind that citizens have more leeway and leverage when it comes to helping immediate family member immigrate to the United States. Permanent residents do have the ability to petition for immigration visas, but their ability to do so is limited compared to that of citizens.
If you’re considering applying for naturalization, you should consider hiring an experienced attorney who is familiar with the process to help you with your application. You might not see the importance of this – and, in fact, you might even know people have been successful without a lawyer. It’s true that many people are able to successfully complete their application without the help of a lawyer. It should be noted, however, that many people are not successful. Many of those individuals could have avoided the complication and failure if they had had the help of an immigration and naturalization lawyer.
Remember that this is something that will affect the rest of your life. Should your application fail, it’s possible that you could be subject to removal proceedings right away. That means that instead of obtaining your citizenship, you could find yourself deported instead. That’s why you should take the time to invest in a skilled lawyer who can protect your rights and make sure all of the requirements for naturalization are fulfilled.
Contact Us Today For Help
When you’re considering becoming a naturalized citizen, it’s important to invest in the right lawyer who can help you complete a successful application. At the Law Offices of Solomon D. Gilliam, P.C., we have the experience that you need to help you build a strong, solid application. We’re standing by and are ready and willing to talk to you today in order to determine whether you are eligible for naturalization and how best to start the process.
Contact us today to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you with your case. We understand that it’s your future at stake, and are willing to do anything we can to help with the naturalization process.