Getting your green card puts you on a pathway to becoming a citizen of the United States. After maintaining lawful permanent resident (“green card”) status for the required number of years, you can apply for naturalization, which is the process followed to become a citizen of the United States. You must complete the application, attend the interview with immigration and complete an English and civics exam. If you are interested in applying for naturalization, we will make sure that you qualify (before applying) and help prepare you for the interview and exam. We can also assist you if you need any special accommodations for the interview or exam.
Some people become a U.S. citizen automatically, such as people born in the United States. People born outside the United States can derive (or acquire) citizenship if they satisfy a number of requirements, but not everyone is aware of this. Sadly, this can lead to the wrongful deportation of many U.S. citizens. If you are in removal (“deportation”) proceedings or have been deported, but believe you are a U.S. citizen, it is important to make a clear argument to the government as to why you are a U.S. citizen. We can help you with this, whether you are in the United States or back in your home country after being deported. If you are a U.S. citizen, you should be allowed to return to the United States. If you were wrongfully deported, you may even be able to make a claim against the government (such as a Bivens action or Federal Tort Claims Act, “FTCA,” claim) for wrongful deportation.