Texas Immigration Attorney Counsels on Citizenship
Houston lawyer helps with the naturalization process
The status of citizen of the United States is coveted throughout the world. The right to live freely within the most prosperous nation on Earth and to help relatives to immigrate here as well is a cherished opportunity afforded to very few who desire it. The Barnett Law Group PLLC understands how fervently my clients long to live the American dream. I help lawful U.S. residents complete the requirements to become full citizens of the United States.
Houston attorney helps establish birthright citizenship
An individual may acquire U.S. citizenship in a variety of ways:
- Birth in the United States
Children born in the U.S. are automatically U.S. citizens, regardless of the immigration status of their parents.
- Birth outside the U.S. to a U.S. citizen parent
Certain children automatically acquire U.S. citizenship from the moment of their birth if one of the parents has met the requirement of physical presence in the U.S. for a certain period of time (determined by the date of birth of the child).
- Naturalization of parents
A child born outside the U.S. may automatically become a U.S. citizen if 1) the child is a lawful permanent resident, 2) one of the parents becomes a U.S. citizen prior to the child’s 18th birthday and 3) the child is residing in the U.S. in the legal custody of the U.S. citizen parent.
- Children born and residing outside the U.S.
Certain children under 18 years of age who are residing outside the U.S. and have a U.S. citizen parent (or US citizen grandparent or U.S. citizen legal guardian if the U.S. citizen parent died during the 5 years preceding the application) may apply for a certificate of citizenship. This type of application also requires physical presence in the U.S. of the parent for certain time periods.
- Adoption by U.S. citizen parents
Certain children formally and legally adopted and in the physical custody of their U.S. citizen parents for at least two years may acquire U.S. citizenship. The child must be under the age of 16 at the time of the adoption.
Each of these conditions creates an opportunity for a person to establish birthright citizenship, provided the circumstances can be precisely documented. I can assist in gathering the crucial facts to make a compelling case for birthright citizenship.
Texas immigration lawyer assists with naturalization
A lawfully-admitted permanent U.S. resident can apply for citizenship through the naturalization process starting at age 18, provided other conditions are met. I can assist you in preparing your application and advancing step-by-step through the naturalization process.
The question of good moral character in naturalization cases
In order to be considered for citizenship, a permanent resident must demonstrate “good moral character.” While this does not require a showing of extraordinary virtue, it is a heavily-weighted factor, and even a minor brush with the law can be a major impediment. I understand how the USCIS interprets “good moral character,” and can present your story in the best possible light. I am also experienced at analyzing criminal records before the application process begins to prevent ineligible applicants from applying for naturalization. With The Barnett Law Group PLLC supporting your citizenship application, you know you have a reliable legal attorney behind you.
Contact a diligent and dependable Texas citizen application attorney
To schedule a consultation with The Barnett Law Group PLLC at my Houston office, call me at 713-706-6126 or contact me online.