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Common Misconceptions about Citizenship

Common Misconceptions about Citizenship in New York

Answers from a knowledgeable citizenship attorney in New York City

If you are applying for citizenship, or your current citizenship is being questioned by the government, you are likely to have a number of concerns in need of attention.  The following are some FAQs about citizenship as well as immigration in general:

  • How does naturalization work? You must apply to the U.S. government to become a naturalized citizen.  The process is somewhat different depending upon whether you are older or younger than 18, so be sure to consult a New York citizenship attorney before you begin the application.
  • Can I still become a citizen if I have a criminal record? Yes.  This is possible, but approval of your application may depend upon the type of crime committed and how long ago it occurred.  One thing is certain, however—be sure to tell any United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials about your record. Otherwise, they may deny your application based on that you were not entirely truthful. Let our New York City immigration law firm know if you are looking to become a citizen and have a criminal record.
  • How long does it take to become a naturalized citizen? It depends.  Generally, it takes between six and nine months to become naturalized.  However, if there are complications or delays with your application, it is not uncommon for the process to take years.

New York City Citizenship & Immigration Facts

Pursuing United States citizenship is, above all, an exciting process that fills applicants and petitioners with hope for the future for themselves and their families.

The process is arduous, too, though—there is plenty of paperwork and many stages that lead to citizenship, including the procurement and maintenance of visas or green cards, first. After one obtains permanent residency, there are long waits, interviews, and tests.

Becoming an American holds amazing privileges and rights both in our nation and globally, but it isn’t easy getting there. Bretz & Coven, immigration attorneys in New York City, help clients pursue American citizenship.

Tips from a New York City Immigration Lawyer

You want to make sure you understand everything you can about the process of citizenship and immigration in New York City. Bretz & Coven immigration lawyers in NYC offer these tips for you to understand what it means for the government to grant you U.S. citizenship:

  • Naturalization requires that you show evidence of physically living in the U.S., your ability to speak, read and understand English, and your knowledge of rudimentary American history and civics.
  • You must swear allegiance to the United States.
  • When you are a citizen, voting is not a privilege, and we encourage you to participate in the democratic process.
  • Democracy doesn’t work unless you vote. Make your voice heard.

Congress can grant honorary citizenship on someone, but it confers no rights or privileges. Only six people have been awarded honorary citizenship—Mother Teresa was one.

Contact our New York citizenship attorneys today

If you are looking for a citizenship lawyer in NYC with experience, dedication, and understanding, Bretz & Coven can help.  Call us today at 212-267-2555, or toll free at 877-206-0869.  You may also use our email contact form to request a consultation.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.  We look forward to helping you pursue your case.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal and Fraudulent Conduct
The immigration consequences of criminal or fraudulent conduct can be harsh and often illogical. Even a very minor offense could have a dramatic immigration consequence, including deportation, detention without bond, being denied naturalization, a visa or re-entry into the United States. Likewise, the use of fake or fraudulent documents, aliases, and other misrepresentations can have similar immigration consequences. Kerry Bretz and Bretz & Coven have been counseling non-citizen criminal defendants, as well as their lawyers, for over 20 years. We have a long history of strategizing deportation and removal defenses, as well as applications for waivers, in very complicated cases.

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