Richmond Citizenship Lawyer
Fayad Law, P.C. helps permanent lawful residents navigate the citizenship process.
Naturalizations are on the rise in the United States and Virginia. In 2019, 843,593 people went through the naturalization process and became U.S. citizens, according to the Office of Immigration Statistics. That same year, 23,345 Virginia residents successfully navigated the process. That was a 29 percent increase over the previous year. While the numbers are increasing, you still have obstacles you must face to become a U.S. citizen. From the complicated application to the interview and tests, you must make sure you meet the requirements for each step. A Richmond citizenship lawyer from Fayad Law, P.C. can guide you through the process, increasing the likelihood of achieving a successful outcome.
Our Richmond citizenship attorneys have immigrant backgrounds, so we understand the legal and emotional side of immigration. Contact us, so we can help you through the process.
Complicated Citizenship Cases
Our Richmond citizenship lawyer handles both basic and complicated naturalization cases. Complicated cases include applicants with:
- Criminal records
- Past-due alimony and child support
- Past-due taxes
If you think that your case is too complicated to get approval, speak to an attorney. Your lawyer might be able to help you get approved for citizenship, even if you have more obstacles than most.
Why Choose Fayad Law, P.C.
- Covers All Aspects of Immigration Law – We help clients with citizenship and naturalization, appeals and bonds, asylum, and other aspects of immigration law.
- Multilingual – We are fluent in English, Arabic, French, Russian, and Spanish, allowing us to provide legal services to immigrants from around the world.
- More than 20 Years of Experience – Our experienced legal team understands the immigration system, and we use our legal experience and insight when representing our clients. Our first-hand experience as immigrants also helps our clients navigate the complex immigration system.
- Personal Attention – As a boutique law firm, we limit our caseload to ensure we can provide personal attention to each client that we serve.
- Ethical and Sound Legal Counsel – Nash Joseph Fayad has a reputation for providing ethical and sound legal counsel and was appointed to serve as Special Counsel to the Commonwealth of Virginia for all immigration matters.
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How To Become A United States Citizen?
There are numerous steps involved in becoming a legal citizen of the United States. Your Richmond citizenship lawyer will begin by completing Form N-400 and gathering the necessary supporting documents.
Your attorney will then help you prepare for your interview. During your interview, you will have to take and pass the English and civics tests. Passing both is necessary to become a citizen. Once your interview is over, it won’t be long before you receive a decision. After approval, you’ll take the Oath of Allegiance and then receive your Certificate of Naturalization.
What If Your Application Is Denied?
Your Richmond citizenship lawyer can also help you if your application was denied. You might be eligible to appeal the decision. If so, your attorney will prepare and file Form N-366 to begin the appeal. You can appeal if a mistake was made or if there wasn’t a legal basis to deny the claim. An appeal is also an option if you failed the civics or English test twice. The office might approve your appeal and allow you to take the test a third time.
After reviewing the denial, your Richmond citizenship attorney might advise that you file a new application instead of appealing the decision. This is most common for applicants who committed a crime of moral turpitude within five years of the first application. Immigration authorities only look back five years, so you can apply for citizenship again after five years have passed.
English And Civics Tests
You will have to take an English and civics test during your interview. Passing the English test shows that you have a basic understanding of writing, reading, and speaking English. The civics test is used to show that you have a basic understanding of United States history and government. If you fail the test during the interview, you will get a date to retake it. You only have to retake the portion that you failed. You can prepare for both tests by using the free study materials available on the USCIS website.
Does Everyone Have To Take The Tests?
The USCIS grants some exceptions for the English and civics tests, meaning you might not have to take them. Also, you might be eligible to have special accommodations for the tests. For instance, if you’ve been a permanent resident for two decades and are at least 50 years old, you can take the civics test in your native language. Speak to a Richmond citizenship attorney to find out if you can have special accommodations. Your attorney can also determine if you meet the requirements to skip one or more of the tests.
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FAQs - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are dozens of different types of visas available under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), but they can all be placed in one of two categories: immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. The former is for individuals who are hoping to establish permanent residency with a green card and perhaps even to pursue the path to naturalization and citizenship. The latter is for those who are only planning a temporary visit to the United States, such as for the purpose of conducting business or attending school.
The INA sets limits on the number of people who will be permitted to immigrate to the United States each year using certain types of visas, while other visas are unlimited. Family immigration visas for the immediate relatives of U.S. citizens are available on an unlimited basis, while there are annual quotas set for the relatives of lawful permanent residents and extended family of citizens, with a maximum quota of 480,000. The number of employment immigration visas is limited to 140,000 per year.
Pathways to citizenship include service in the United States military and adoption, but a large percentage of all people who become citizens do so through the process of naturalization. The basic qualifications for naturalization include:
- Living in the U.S. as a permanent resident for 5 years (or 3 years for a spouse of a U.S. citizen)
- Being at least 18 years of age
- Living within the state where you will apply for citizenship for at least 3 months prior to the application date
- Being physically present in this country for at least half of the past 5 years
- Maintaining continuous residence in this country from the date you submit your application for naturalization
- Being able to read, write and speak English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and civics
It is also necessary to supply evidence that you are a person of good moral character and are attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution. We can assist you with proving these factors, as well as preparing your petition and helping you get ready for the tests.
In June of 2012, the Obama Administration directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin applying a policy that is referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under deferred action, DHS is exercising discretion in its execution of the laws concerning deportation and removal of immigrants who are illegally present in the United States. Deferred action is not a change to the existing law, but is instead a change in the way that the law is being applied. You may qualify for relief under DACA if you were younger than 31 years of age on June 15, 2012, came to the U.S. before your 16th birthday, have continuously resided in this country since June 15, 2007 and are either currently in school or have already graduated from high school or earned your general education development (GED) certificate, among other criteria. With deferred action, you may be able to avoid being deported, though it does not grant any change of immigration status.
In its review of immigrant visa petitions, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) weighs factors related to the ties that the prospective immigrant has in the United States and the reasons why he or she wants or needs to come to live in this country. For example, a family immigration petition will not be approved unless the foreign national has immediate relatives such as a spouse, mother or father, child or sibling already living here as a citizen or green card holder. An employment immigration petition is more likely to receive approval if the applicant has a job offer in this country and is coming to fill a position that cannot reasonably be filled from the local labor market. A foreign national who is fleeing persecution in his or her home country may be granted an immigrant visa as a refugee or asylee.
There are many strategies for challenging a removal action. If the proposed deportation is based on a criminal conviction, it may be possible to appeal the conviction in order to have it overturned. Another option is to petition for cancellation of removal, a type of immigration relief which is available to people who are of good moral character and whose deportation would subject a family member who is a citizen or permanent resident to extreme hardship. The key to success in stopping deportation is to take immediate action by hiring a Virginia immigration attorney from our firm as soon as possible. Contact us now at Fayad Law, P.C. for a confidential consultation and to let us get started on your case!
Fayad Law, P.C. maintains offices in Richmond and Fairfax, Virginia. We work with individuals, families, and businesses across the world, providing them with assistance in resolving the legal issues involved with helping their loved ones and employees to immigrate to the United States. We work directly with foreign nationals living abroad, guiding them through the process of obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for entry to the U.S.