How Do I Become a U.S. Citizen? | What to Know About Naturalization

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How do I become a naturalized citizen?

There are many ways that you can become a naturalized citizen. Even if you have not held a green card for 5 or more years, you can still become a naturalized citizen under further circumstances. For instance, if you have lived in the United States for 4 years under asylum, you may apply for naturalization. Also, if you have served in the U.S. military and lived in the U.S. for three years, you can also apply for naturalization. You can also become a citizen if you have lived in the United States for three years and you marry another United States citizen. With all of that being said, if you have questions about whether you qualify for naturalization, our firm can help you. Contact us today to get started.

What are the qualifications for naturalization?

To become a naturalized United States citizen, you will have to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have lived in your state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over your place of residence for at least three months before filing the application for naturalization.
  • Students must apply where they attend university or where their family lives.
  • You will have to be physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months of the five years before the date of application
  • You will have to prove that you can read, write, and speak English. You must also demonstrate a knowledge of U.S. civics and history.
  • You must stay in the U.S. between the date you apply for naturalization until the date of naturalization
  • You must be of good moral character
  • You must be a Green Card holder for 5+ years immediately before the date of your filing the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization

To learn more about the qualifications of becoming a naturalized United States citizen, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm. Our legal team has the dedication and experience required to help our clients navigate through this overwhelming process. Give us a call today and speak with our Milwaukee, WI naturalization lawyers.

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How to Obtain Adjustment of Status in the United States

If you would like to learn more about what the qualifications of obtaining a green card are, you may want to consider the process of an Adjustment of Status (AOS). Continue reading and reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration attorneys today.

What is Adjustment of Status?

Adjustment of Status (AOS) is a process that is used by any qualified non-United States Citizen that would like to become a Permanent Resident. In the case where an individual acquires permanent residency, they will be allowed to live and work in the United States permanently. A person that achieves this status will need to make sure that he or she has their green card accessible at all times.

Do I qualify for an Adjustment of Status?

In order to qualify for an AOS, a non-United States citizen must live within the United States and meet specific criteria. You may be able to apply for a green card if your circumstances fit into any of the following categories:

  • Family-based: Those who are immediate relatives of a citizen in the United States do not have to wait for a visa. Immediate relatives that are eligible for a green card can include parents, spouses, and unmarried children under the age of 21. Also, there is no limit to the number of visas that can be issued for family members of a United States citizen.
  • Job or employment-based: For individuals who want to come to the United States for employment opportunities or a job offer, can apply for permanent residencies. However, not all applications are guaranteed as there are special circumstances and a restricted number of visas that can be issued.
  • Refugee or asylum: People who come to the country as a refugee or who were granted asylum can also apply for permanent residency. This may occur after year after they came into the country. Spouses or children of refugees and asylees may also qualify.
  • Special programs: There are several other ways to obtain a green card. Reach out to our firm to learn more.

How does this process work?

It is important to note that the AOS process can take months and even over a year. There are also several requirements that a person must meet in order to get a green card. Some of the requirements include the following:

  • Go through a criminal background check
  • Interview with a USCIS agent
  • Attend a biometrics appointment and/or medical exam

Do not wait to contact our firm to obtain more information on this process and how our dedicated legal team can help you.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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The USCIS Awards Citizenship and Integration Grants

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have stated on September 20, 2021, that an award of $10 million in grants to 40 organizations that provide aid to lawful permanent residents for naturalization. These grants are intended to promote prospective citizens’ naturalization by funding educational programs that are crafted to aid in the increase of English, United States History, and civics. These organizations are located in 25 states and will be receiving funding until September 2023.

Reach out to our experienced Wisconsin immigration law firm if you would like to learn more about how this might affect you and your immigration status. Our committed immigration attorneys are committed to assuring that you are given the information you require. Contact the Sesini Law Group today.

Who are the grant recipients?

Those who will be receiving grants are public or private non-profit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents. The Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services and the Refugee and Asylee Integration Services have funded these opportunities, allowing public or private nonprofit organizations to receive the grants. These organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries, and adult education and literacy organizations.

In FY 2021, the recipient organizations will intend to serve both traditional immigrant population centers and rising immigrant population centers in 25 states. Grant recipients will perform citizenship preparation services to approximately 25,000 lawful permanent residents who have come from more than 50 countries around the world. The grant recipients include the following:

  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the greatest increase in their lawful permanent resident population between FY 2017 and 2019, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania; and
  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the most naturalizations between FY 2016 and 2018, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington.
  • Eight out of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the most naturalizations between FY 2017 and 2019, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta.

If you have questions or concerns about how this may affect you, contact our firm today to learn more.

How does the review process work?

The USCIS has studied more than 95 eligible applications using two-member teams to evaluate each plan. The reviewers were required to score applications numerically using written evaluation criteria. The USCIS then ranked the applications based on their average scores. The USCIS internal review panel decided the final list of recipients based on the ranked order.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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How the Nomination of Ur Jaddou Can Help Immigrants in the U.S.

Immigrants in the United States have faced hardships through the years, and especially so in the past year and a half during the pandemic. As a result, delays in visas and work permits have impacted many immigrants’ ability to support themselves and their families. Fortunately, there has been a recent addition to the United States Citizen and Immigration Services this past July.

In a 47-34 vote, the Senate appointed Ur Jaddou to lead the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS.) Ur Jaddou is the daughter of immigrants from Iraq and Mexico and has knowledge and experience in immigration policy. Ur Jaddou’s family background has enabled her to understand the challenges that immigrants face and recognize the enriching contributions that immigrants make to the United States.

If you have questions in regards to the new leadership role in the USCIS or have any questions in general about your immigration status, contact our experienced and dedicated Wisconsin family law attorneys at Sesini Law Group, S.C. today.

What does Ur Jaddou hope to accomplish in this new role?

Ur Jaddou expressed her concerns with the long wait that foreign citizens have had to endure waiting for visas and work permits to be approved, and how she would like to expedite this process. She also addressed that she would like to return the agency to firm solvency and utilize 21st-century tools.

How will Ur Jaddou address the financial deficit of the USCIS?

The pandemic has caused a deficit in funding and employees for the USCIS. Typically, the USCIS is funded through application fees, but because in-person appointments were suspended and offices closed due to Covid-19, revenue loss has been reported. Homeland Security predicts that the recovery will take anywhere from months and even years to re-achieve full staffing and stable financial status. Ur Jaddou would like to temporarily increase the application fees in order to gain financial control again.

The secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas stated that with Ur Jaddou’s experience, she will “administer our nation’s immigration system fairly and justly.” Mayorkas also expressed that he is looking forward to restoring trust in the immigration system with Ur Jaddou. Despite Ur Jaddou’s inheritance of an agency with unstable finances and delays, she as well as others are confident in her restoration capabilities.

If you have any questions about how Ur Jaddou’s leadership role may impact you and your family’s immigration status, do not hesitate to reach out to our knowledgable Wisconsin immigration attorneys to learn more. At the Sesini Law Group, S.C., we are committed to helping you accomplish your goals.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What is the Naturalization Process in the U.S.?

The naturalization process isn’t always easy and straightforward. It takes an experienced Wisconsin immigration attorney to walk you through this process with ease. One of the most rewarding experiences as an immigration law firm is to see our clients achieve their goals of becoming United States citizens. If you are interested in taking the next step toward becoming a United States citizen, please reach out to Sesini Law Group.

What are the qualifications for the naturalization process in the U.S.?

If you would like to be a United States citizen and are over the age of 18, you will likely have to go through the naturalization process first. To be eligible for naturalization, you must fulfill one of the requirements below:

  • You have permanent residence status for 5 years and have lived in the United States for those 5 years
  • You have asylum and you have lived in the United States for 4 years
  • You are the spouse of a United States citizen and have been a resident for 3 years
  • You are a permanent resident serving in the military for 3 years

In addition to the above criteria, you also must satisfy the following:

  • Residence and Physical Presence: In order to satisfy this requirement, the applicant may not have been absent from the United States for more than a year.
  • Knowledge of the English Language United States History and Government: A part of the naturalization process includes an interview by a member of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. At the time of the interview, a test will be given to determine the applicant’s knowledge of these topics. In some circumstances, such as mental impairment or those over a certain age may be exempt from these requirements.
  • Moral Character: All applicants for citizenship must show they are a person of good moral character. For example, persons who have been convicted of aggravated felonies or murder are barred from applying for citizenship
  • Loyalty to the United States: After the applicant has been approved for naturalization, they must take the oath of allegiance in a ceremony that confers their citizenship.

Why would I want to go through the naturalization process?

Becoming a United States citizen comes with countless amounts of benefits including:

  • The right to vote
  • The ability to vote for public office
  • The freedom of traveling through the world with a United States passport
  • No restrictions when applying to jobs
  • Improved immigration benefits

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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