The citizenship process can be a long one, often taking several years. It can also include many stops along the way. Foreign nationals seeking citizenship in the United States must often first obtain an appropriate visa or other entry authorization and a green card before ultimately applying for citizenship. Others however, may already have the right to citizenship, or they may be citizens and not even realize it. As distinguished attorneys with more than 20 years of experience in the immigration field, we at Bretz & Coven, LLP are proud to advise people in New York City and throughout the United States ready to accept the rights and duties of U.S. citizenship. We understand the several available ways to obtain citizenship and can advise you about the procedures that are available to you.
Many people with at least one parent who was a U.S. citizen may have a right to citizenship without investing the time necessary to complete the naturalization process. This may apply to you if you were born of a legal marriage and at least one of your parents lived in the United States for a continuous period prior to your birth — although the length of that period depends on when you were born. Parents who become naturalized may also be able to obtain citizenship for their minor children. This is a very basic recounting of the rules regarding this path to citizenship, and an experienced attorney at Bretz & Coven can better determine how U.S. immigration law applies to your particular circumstances.
Those not entitled to citizenship by birth may apply for citizenship through the naturalization process. Any adult can qualify by meeting a number of requirements:
Our attorneys and staff at Bretz & Coven, LLP have first-hand experience with the immigration and naturalization process and have been helping people in New York City achieve the dream of citizenship for more than 20 years. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems. For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.