Becoming A Citizen Or Claiming Citizenship
For most people from other countries, becoming a U.S. citizen is a lengthy process that may include other immigration statuses along the way, such as a work visa, then a green card (permanent residency) and finally, naturalization.
Other people born abroad may have birthright citizenship through a parent or grandparent who is or was a U.S. citizen. Individuals in this situation may apply for a Certificate of Citizenship from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or apply for a passport as proof of citizenship.
Individual circumstances differ and to facilitate the process, it is important to have an experienced immigration attorney evaluate your potential path to citizenship or your claim of birthright citizenship.
Benefits Of U.S. Citizenship
People’s reasons for seeking citizenship or certification of birthright citizenship differ from one case to another, but may include one or more of the following:
- A wish to live and work in the U.S.
- A desire for a U.S. passport
- A need to sponsor family members from abroad to live and work in the U.S.
- Aspirations of eligibility for jobs only open to U.S. citizens
- A desire to vote in U.S. elections
- A desire for a more secure immigration status than legal permanent resident (LPR)
Keep in mind that naturalized citizens only very rarely lose their citizenship and become subject to deportation. Permanent residents, however, live with uncertainty and the risk of being deported someday. They know that a failure to renew a green card or involvement in a criminal case could put them at risk of losing the right to live and work in the U.S. This could happen to anyone after a fatal car accident, for example.
Whatever your motivation for becoming a U.S. citizen, your best path forward should include consulting with a lawyer knowledgeable in this area of the law. Some attorneys advertise themselves as immigration attorneys when, in fact, immigration is just a sideline for them. At Law Office of Rafael J. Borras in San Antonio, immigration law is the primary focus of the firm. Attorney Rafael Borras has completed more than 250 successful immigration law cases. Former clients sought work visas, family visas, deportation defense, asylum status, naturalization and more. Mr. Borras can help you understand:
- Responsibilities of U.S. citizenship
- Your chances of success in becoming a U.S. citizen
- The steps you should take to achieve your goal with as few obstacles as possible
- How to demonstrate your good moral character, as required
- How to prepare for the citizenship test, if applicable in your case
- How long you can expect it to take you to meet all requirements for naturalization
Find An Immigration Law Firm That Will Guide You Clearly Every Step Of The Way
Attorney Rafael Borras founded Law Office of Rafael J. Borras with the goal of helping eligible foreign nationals fulfill their immigration goals. Many former clients are now U.S. citizens living in Texas, California, Florida and other states. Find out how the law firm can help you by calling 210-761-6589 or sending an email inquiry through this website.