Do I Need a Portland Immigration Lawyer to Become a US Citizen?

How to Determine When You Need an Immigration Lawyer

If you are seeking to become a United States citizen, you need to consider hiring an immigration lawyer as soon as possible. The immigration process can be complex and challenging without the help of a citizenship attorney. 

At The Law Offices of Anable & Rivera PC, we are a full-service immigration law firm. We help permanent residents and others become U.S. citizens. We know that achieving citizenship through naturalization can be difficult. We offer compassionate, dedicated representation for clients throughout Portland, Oregon. Contact our office online or call (805) 485-6800 to schedule a consultation. 

What Is the Process to Become a U.S. Citizen?

Individuals can become a citizen of the United States in one of two ways: by birth or through naturalization. For individuals seeking citizenship, it is strongly recommended that they retain an immigration lawyer. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and responsibilities to achieve your desired legal status. 

The most common ways to achieve U.S. citizenship are by:

  • Being married to a U.S. citizen;
  • Being the child of a U.S. citizen;
  • Serving in the U.S. military; or
  • Being a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. for at least 5 years.

If you are seeking naturalization, you need to speak with a citizenship attorney. Naturalization is when a noncitizen applies to become a citizen. In most cases, you will have had to be a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years before seeking citizenship through naturalization.

Do I Have to be a Permanent Resident?

Unless you are eligible for citizenship as a result of birth, being married to a U.S. citizen, being the child of a U.S. citizen, or by serving in the military, you will need to prove that you have been a permanent resident of the country for at least five years to be eligible for citizenship through naturalization. 

Do I Need an Attorney?

Because the immigration process is often complicated, time-consuming, and overwhelming, it is in your best interest to retain an attorney as early in the process as possible. A Portland immigration lawyer can work with you to achieve your goals and help save you time and money. 

It is important to know that you must meet several requirements in addition to being a lawful permanent resident for five years in order to achieve citizenship. You must take a test and be present at an interview with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

If you believe you are ready for the naturalization process, you should speak to a citizenship attorney before proceeding or filing any paperwork. The application for naturalization can be confusing and challenging to fill out properly without the help of an attorney. 

If possible, you should hire an immigration lawyer at the beginning of the process when you are first eligible for citizenship. Waiting could result in costly delays or could negatively affect the outcome of your case. 

Hiring a Portland Immigration Lawyer

Are you interested in becoming a U.S. citizen? Have you been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years? If you are ready to begin the naturalization process, contact our office online or call (805) 485-6800 to speak directly with an attorney. 

At The Law Offices of Anable & Rivera PC, we can help determine your eligibility, file the appropriate paperwork, and meet all requirements. Do not delay. Call our office today to schedule a consultation. We proudly serve families throughout Portland. Learn more about how we can help you apply for citizenship and get the best possible outcome in your case.