Naturalization & Citizenship

Virginia Naturalization Attorney

According to statistics provided by the Department of Homeland Security, 694,193 immigrants were naturalized and granted United States citizenship in 2011, with 13,782 of them living in Virginia. If you are hoping to become a U.S. citizen this year, you can come to Fayad Law, P.C. for help. Our Virginia immigration attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience, and we have assisted countless individuals with the challenges involved in navigating the complex immigration legal system.

With a team that includes lawyers who come from immigrant backgrounds, we understand how important it is for you to achieve the dream of citizenship and we are prepared to help you with every aspect of the process to ensure that you reach your goal swiftly and with a minimum of complications.

Naturalization Requirements

The requirements for naturalization are relatively simple. You must have been living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least five years, or three years in the case of a spouse of a citizen. It is also possible to apply for naturalization if you have performed certain types of service in the United States military. Additionally, the foreign-born children of U.S. citizens may apply to become citizens. You must have been physically present in this country for at least 30 out of the past 60 months, and must have lived in the state or jurisdiction where you are filing your application for at least 3 months.

In addition to the residency requirements, you will also have to pass a test of written and spoken English and an examination of your knowledge of U.S. history and government. Furthermore, you will have to supply evidence of the fact that you are a person of good moral character and are in support of the U.S. Constitution and that you will contribute to the "good order and happiness" of this country.

How a Virginia Immigration Lawyer Can Help

As simple as the eligibility requirements may seem on paper, actually carrying out a successful application for naturalization can be a considerable challenge. You can significantly increase the likelihood that your application will be approved with a minimum of delay and difficulty by working with a lawyer from our team. We can assist you with gathering the necessary documentation and preparing your petition, as well as getting you prepared for your interview and tests.

Your Fairfax immigration attorney may even accompany you to the interview, such as if it may be necessary to clear up any questions as to whether you can meet the good moral character requirement. We serve clients from around the world, so take the first step now by contacting us for an initial interview at one of our offices in Virginia and North Carolina!