If you or a loved one wishes to qualify and apply for or prove citizenship it is crucial that you have the guidance of a compassionate and respected Anchorage immigration attorney at Alaska Immigration Law Center offices who will work with you to help you achieve your goals. Being a citizen of this country is very different to being a visitor or a resident. With a “green card” one can live here permanently (unless the laws change). However a citizen has a number of important rights which a legal resident does not have. Citizenship in the United States is a status that many wish to have. The process you will follow to become a citizen is called “Naturalization”. There are a number of complex laws to be followed and in some cases many issues to be resolved. At our Anchorage, Alaska firm, we are standing by to see how we can assist you.
Taking the Necessary Steps toward Citizenship
Obtaining citizenship can be complex, but with a competent Anchorage immigration lawyer from Alaska Immigration Law Center to protect your interests you have the opportunity of achieving a positive result. We can offer helpful information to clients in Anchorage and Elmendorf AFB, Indian and Eagle River in Alaska. For example, the following is a list of specific legal standards that must be met:
• You must be a legal permanent resident and have lived in the U.S. continuously for at least five years (or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen). You must have remained in the country for at least half that time.
• You must be at least 18 years of age.
• You must be able to show that you are of good moral character. Ordinarily, this means you have no criminal record of arrests for DUI, drug crimes, prostitution, theft or other “immoral” behavior such as adultery, habitual gambling or addiction.
• You must submit to and pass an oral exam showing your understanding of the workings and principals of American government and society and the basics of its history.
• You must show your allegiance to the principals described in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
• You must pass a written exam showing your ability to read, understand and write in English.
For more information and assistance call our offices to arrange a personal consultation. New clients can reach us by calling (907) 562-4000.
Each person’s situation regarding their immigration and residence is very different. Each one has different obstacles and legal issues to overcome. It takes an immigration lawyer with a thorough working knowledge and many years of experience to provide consistently sound advice in all situations.
Call us at (907) 562-4000 or fill out our consultation form today.