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Citizenship Attorney in Jacksonville

Providing Legal Assistance for Immigration Matters Since 2006

The Law Office of Joanne M. Fakhre takes pride in helping this country’s immigrants on their path to becoming U.S. citizens. Becoming a U.S. citizen can be an emotional and transformative experience. However, it can also be a complex and lengthy process.

Individuals with any arrest and convictions should seek the advice of an immigration attorney before filing for any immigration benefit. Certain convictions could result in a loss of your legal permanent residence status and even lead to removal from the United States.

If you are in pursuit of U.S. citizenship, our Jacksonville-based immigration attorney can act as your trusted guide throughout the process. You will have access to our firm to seek answers to your questions, ensure that your case is moving forward, and prevent any unnecessary delays or setbacks. We can take care of the paperwork and documentation and ensure that everything is handled within proper guidelines and time frames.

Phone (904) 447-1937 to speak with a citizenship attorney in Jacksonville about how we can assist you.

Naturalization

Only Lawful Permanent Residents who have lived in the United States for the statutory period required are eligible to file for Naturalization.

Eligibility to Apply for Naturalization includes:

  1. Must be at least 18 years of age at time of filing the application;
  2. Must be a lawful permanent resident;
  3. Must have had continuous residency in the USA as a legal permanent resident for at least five years, or three if married to a United States Citizen;
  4. Must have been physically present in the United States for 30 months (18 months if married to a U.S. citizen);
  5. Must be of good moral character for the statutory period;
  6. Have the ability to read, write, speak; and understand basic English;
  7. Have knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of U.S. history and government; and
  8. Support the U.S. Constitution and U.S. government and take the oath of allegiance.

It is important before applying for citizenship to ensure that there are no obstacles, such as certain criminal convictions or other problems, that could result in a denial of your citizenship application, or worse, place you in removal or deportation proceedings. In addition to criminal convictions, certain other factors that could present potential problems include having voted in a U.S. election, abandoning your permanent residency by remaining outside of the United States for a long period of time, failing to pay child support or taxes, or failing to register for selective service (men between 18 and 26 who are permanent residents). It is very important to be sure none of these factors apply before submitting an application for naturalization.

Waivers & Exemptions

If you have a medical disability that makes you unable to learn English and study for the history and civics requirements, you may be eligible to file for a medical exception.

If you are 50 years old at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years, or are 55 years or older at the time of filing for naturalization and lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years, you may be exempt from the English language requirement but still need to take the civics test. It is possible to take the civics test in your native language if your spoken English is poor.

If you are at least 65 years or older and have been permanent residents for at least 20 years at the time of filing for naturalization, you are only required to study 20 of the 100 civics questions.

Derive Citizenship from Parents (Birth Abroad)

Derivative citizenship can also be acquired for those who were born in another country but whose parents are U.S. citizens. A Certificate of Citizenship is available for both biological and adopted children.

Call the Law Office of Joanne M. Fakhre Today

Those who feel that they were wrongly denied citizenship through the naturalization process can request a hearing to appeal the decision. Ms. Fakhre can provide the assistance you need in pursuing this appeal.

Work with an experienced Jacksonville naturalization lawyer at our firm. Call (904) 447-1937 to arrange a consultation in person, by phone, or through Skype.

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  • “I became a proud US citizen without any challenges due to all the help and guidance I received from Joanne.”

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