Those who are awaiting United States citizenship play a years-long waiting game. During this time, they’re expected to learn all they can, follow procedures and obey all laws. The reality is that even the smallest of miss-steps can have a serious effect on your pursuit of citizenship. Below are two issues things that can derail, or at least delay, the progress of your citizenship application.
Lack of Information
When you go to apply for citizenship, there are certain steps and procedures that you will have to follow. It’s important to understand all the requirements and, meet all deadlines.
Did you know that your age, time in the country, and traveling all affect whether you are eligible to naturalize and whether you will be permitted to take the civics portion of the test in your native language. Many lawful permanent residents fail to file for naturalization out of fear of taking the test in the English language, however, if you meet certain criteria, you can take the test in your native language. Additionally, most people know that leaving the country and remaining outside for more than one year can risk abandonment of their green card, but this can also delay your naturalization process since there is very strict criteria for what absences are allowed before you naturalize. It is important to be fully informed on your path to citizenship as early as possible, to avoid any delay in becoming a US Citizen.
Whether or not they mean well, there is enormous potential for misinformation from your friends and family. You may hear a lot about “things you do and don’t have to do” and relying on this information can impede the progress of your application. In an effort to make sure you have all the information you need, it’s important to seek the services of an experienced and qualified immigration attorney. Michael Noriega has been helping immigrants in New Jersey with all legal aspects of immigration for many years. He will help you understand the process and make sure you’re following all the requirements so there are no oversights.
Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC’s immigration lawyer Michael Noriega is standing by to help New Jersey’s immigrants with their legal needs. Call now for a free consultation about obtaining a Green Card, securing a visa or fighting deportation.