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Becoming a citizen of the United States is an honor that I am proud to have helped many immigrants achieve. As a US citizen, you will enjoy all the rights and privileges that come with citizenship- including a life free from worry of deportation.

If you are ready to become a citizen, my team and I are ready to put our experience to work for you.
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How I Help

Immigration laws change very quickly and very frequently, which makes it nearly impossible for the average person to stay apprised of the most recent developments that affect the current rules and regulations that apply to them or their loved ones.

Obtaining a non-immigrant visa can be complicated, and visa applications, as well as naturalization applications, are often denied. While some individuals successfully navigate the application process on their own, most find it beneficial to utilize a qualified immigration attorney whose knowledge of the most current laws and regulations can help you to achieve your desired outcome: in this case, approval of your application.

My firm has helped many immigrants obtain their United States citizenship, and we can help you as well.

A Legal Team Working for You

The Grotas Firm is comprised of experienced legal professionals that share a common goal: to do everything in our power to keep families together.

We are up to date on the latest changes to citizenship regulations and process. This means that we will help you navigate the process as quickly and efficiently as possible, avoiding unnecessary mistakes that could result in your application being denied.

Together, my team and I seek a positive outcome that represents your best interests

Requirements for Obtaining Citizenship

Here is a basic overview of how the citizenship application process works.

Naturalization

Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen of the United States. All applications for naturalization are managed by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

For basic eligibility to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must first spend at least five years as a legal permanent resident of the United States, during which time you can prove you did not take any trips abroad for more than six months and were present in the United States for not less than half of the entire period (two-and-a-half years). Additional factors, such as marriage to a U.S. citizen, may affect eligibility for citizenship.

Additionally, people may qualify for naturalization as a result of:

  • Birth in the United States: All persons born in the United States are citizens regardless of the status of their parents. This is true whether the parents are citizens, green card holders, students, tourists, or illegal aliens.
  • Acquisition at birth: A child born outside the United States where one or both parents are United States citizens may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth.
  • Derivation through the naturalization of parents: A child born outside the United States may become a citizen by virtue of the naturalization of his or her parents.

Citizenship Requirements

Generally speaking, to qualify for citizenship, you must:

  • Be a lawful permanent U.S. resident.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be a permanent resident (green card holder) for not less than five years.
  • Have resided for not less than three months in the state where the petition was filed.
  • Be physically present in the United States for at least one-half of the five years, with no absences longer than six months.
  • Have resided continuously within the United States from the date the petition was filed to the time of admission to citizenship.
  • Have been a person of good moral character for the five years of residence.
  • Have an elementary level of reading and writing English. Exceptions to this rule exist for persons over fifty, in the U.S. for 20 years or more as a permanent resident; and for persons over 55, in the U.S. for 15 years as a permanent resident.
  • Have a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of U.S. government and history. This requirement can be waived for people over 65 and have been a permanent resident for 20 years.

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What to Expect Throughout the Application Process

The application process for naturalization requires submission of various background documents, proof of identity, residency, and employment. In addition, you will be formally interviewed by the USCIS. This interview is a very important part of the process and one your attorney should thoroughly prepare you for ahead of time.

Following the interview, a request for citizenship will either be granted, continued or denied. Working with an experienced immigration attorney is your best bet to ensure that your citizenship application is approved on the first attempt.

However, should your application be “continued”, that just means it is being placed on hold while certain problems or issues are resolved. In the event that this happens, your attorney should work with you to ensure that whatever problems or issues caused your application to be held can be resolved.

Because every individual’s circumstances and situation are unique, a consultation is an easy way to determine what assistance you may need. Visit my contact page for information on setting up an appointment.

Immigration Legal Services for Families

Detention & Deportation Defense

Minor infraction or conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. The U.S. government does not forget. In fact, they are actively arresting people even if they have been living in the U.S. their entire lives. I provide passionate and zealous immigration defense for those who the U.S. government wants to deport.

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Getting Your Citizenship

When applying for citizenship, the application process can be fraught with technicalities, unfair immigration officials, and delays. Our entire immigration and criminal history. Guidance from an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to ensuring that you are not only approved, but that you don’t suddenly wind up in deportation proceedings. Also, an immigration attorney can save a case which has been delayed.

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Visa Applications & Renewals

During our initial consultation, I will work with you to determine which visa is right for you or your loved one. I have represented many immigrants who have applied for a wide range of visa applications. I have worked on renewal cases for individuals and their family members, including change of status, marriage and fiancé visas, family petitions, as well as many others.

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Obtaining Your Green Card

The first step for someone immigrating to the U.S. on a permanent basis is to obtain lawful permanent residence; commonly known as a “Green Card.” The steps to obtaining your Green Card can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances. There are numerous ways to obtain a green card and every client’s situation should be evaluated specifically.

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Helping Relatives Immigrate

If you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and are looking to help bring a relative into this country, it is important that all of the required documentation be submitted correctly on the first attempt and within the allotted time frames. I can assist you with all of the necessary paperwork, supporting exhibits and the eventual interview.

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Federal Litigation

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes. And many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level. However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

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Vacating Guilty Pleas

Vacating Guilty Pleas: Many clients find themselves in deportation proceedings after entering a plea of guilty to a crime on the advice of their criminal attorney. Unfortunately, their attorney never tells them that their guilty plea will result in their deportation. This can lead to disastrous consequences. In this scenario, it is my job to handle damage control and keep my client in this country and out of jail.

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Minor infraction or conviction, even if it occurred decades ago, could trigger deportation or removal proceedings. The U.S. government does not forget. In fact, they are actively arresting people even if they have been living in the U.S. their entire lives. I provide passionate and zealous immigration defense for those who the U.S. government wants to deport.

Learn More

When applying for citizenship, the application process can be fraught with technicalities, unfair immigration officials, and delays. Our entire immigration and criminal history. Guidance from an experienced immigration attorney is crucial to ensuring that you are not only approved, but that you don’t suddenly wind up in deportation proceedings. Also, an immigration attorney can save a case which has been delayed.

Learn More

During our initial consultation, I will work with you to determine which visa is right for you or your loved one. I have represented many immigrants who have applied for a wide range of visa applications. I have worked on renewal cases for individuals and their family members, including change of status, marriage and fiancé visas, family petitions, as well as many others.

Learn More

The first step for someone immigrating to the U.S. on a permanent basis is to obtain lawful permanent residence; commonly known as a “Green Card.” The steps to obtaining your Green Card can vary greatly depending on your specific circumstances. There are numerous ways to obtain a green card and every client’s situation should be evaluated specifically.

Learn More

If you are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States and are looking to help bring a relative into this country, it is important that all of the required documentation be submitted correctly on the first attempt and within the allotted time frames. I can assist you with all of the necessary paperwork, supporting exhibits and the eventual interview.

Learn More

Many immigration judges and state judges make mistakes. And many attorneys are satisfied with unsatisfactory rulings. Most do not want to upset a judge by challenging his or her decision, nor do they want to spend more time appealing the same case at a federal level. However, it is my strong belief that when a judge passes an unfair verdict that could ultimately devastate or destroy a person’s life, it is my responsibility as his or her attorney to do everything in my legal power to prevent that from happening. Taking a case before a federal judge is a serious and time consuming endeavor, but if successful can result in the reversal of a previous decision made by either an immigration or state judge.

Learn More

Vacating Guilty Pleas: Many clients find themselves in deportation proceedings after entering a plea of guilty to a crime on the advice of their criminal attorney. Unfortunately, their attorney never tells them that their guilty plea will result in their deportation. This can lead to disastrous consequences. In this scenario, it is my job to handle damage control and keep my client in this country and out of jail.

Learn More
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