Houston Naturalization Lawyer

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Below is the naturalization data for the United States over a recent ten year period. It should be noted that there are many more people living in the United States as immigrants who never apply for naturalization. You do not need to be a naturalized citizen to live and work in the United States.

PERSONS NATURALIZED AND PETITIONS FOR NATURALIZATION DENIED (2005-2014)

YearPersons NaturalizedPetitions Denied
2005604,280108,247
2006702,589120,722
2007660,47789,683
20081,046,539121,283
2009743,715109,832
2010619,91356,994
2011694,19357,065
2012757,43465,874
2013779,92983,112
2014653,41666,767

SIMPLE ADVICE FOR PASSING THE NATURALIZATION INTERVIEW TO BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN

In order to become a citizen of the United States you will need to pass an interview (the BCIS or Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services). Many people may feel intimidated by this; but if you have filed the formidable requisite expanse of documentation in advance then the actual interview may be simple in comparison. Even academics are not expert in all aspects of U.S. history and/or English. If you come prepared to answer basic history and civics question and have a simple facility with the English language you should be amply prepared.

The USCIS authorities will likely ask you questions about all of the following information:

  • Your personal background
  • Relevant documentation (this varies with each case but can include such things as employment records and/or marriage records)
  • Current and past residency
  • Your disposition regarding the United States, the
  • Constitution, and our government as well as your willingness to take the Oath of Allegiance

Have your Alien Registration Card, passport, and entry or reentry permits with you for the interview plus any other documents indicated in your interview letter. At no time should you LIE to the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. This is very important – no matter how worried you may be about something in your past. IF the BCIS grants you citizenship and then finds out you were untrue at any point – they can choose to revoke your citizenship and deport you.

OTHER GOOD ADVICE?

Be on time and be PREPARED. Forgetting required paperwork will delay your interview.

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Be patient.
  • Seek community and legal support in advance so you are not surprised.

Except under certain extenuating circumstances you must be able to read, write, and speak minimal (proficient, passable) English to be eligible for naturalization. Prepare in advance. There are many community resources to support language acquisition. The BCIS is sincere in their efforts to ensure new citizens understand basic American civics and history, but that does not mean it is easy.

CONTACT AN ATTORNEY WHO KNOWS ABOUT NATURALIZATION IN HOUSTON

Again, seek out community resources to support you in this endeavor (even your public library). You will be required to take and pass a simple test. Practice tests are available and should be utilized to help you better understand what type of information may be expected of you. For more information, speak with a naturalization attorney in Houston on how to approach these tests by contacting our office today.