Attorney Michele Da Silva is an aggressive immigration attorney with extensive experience in filing for her client's US Citizenship. If you are currently a Lawful Permanent Resident, is important that you speak with an immigration attorney who understands the complexity of the immigration system so that you may be properly infomed of your options before filing for US Citizenship.
What You Should Know
Naturalization is the manner in which a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen.
What Are the Benefits and Responsibilities of Citizenship?
The Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States. However, some rights are only for United States citizens, such as:
• VOTING. Only U.S. citizens can vote in Federal elections. Most States also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
• BRINGING FAMILY MEMBERS TO THE UNITED STATES. Citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
• OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP FOR CHILDREN BORN ABROAD. In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
• TRAVELING WITH A U.S. PASSPORT. A U.S. passport allows you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.
• BECOMING ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL JOBS. Most jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
• BECOMING AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. Many elected offices in this country require U.S. citizenship.
Why should I become a U.S. citizen, I have a green card?
The most common way that people lose their right to a green card is by committing a crime. Unlike what is commonly believed, it doesn't have to be a major crime or a felony. For example, a person can be deported or removed from the United States for helping someone enter the United States illegally, for committing domestic violence, for possessing even a small amount of drugs, or for any crime that's considered morally wrong (such as fraud, theft, a crime with the intent of doing great bodily harm, or a sex offense). Some of these crimes are misdemeanors that may not be punishable with time in jail. However, there is no set list that tells you which crimes make you removable.
If you are arrested for anything at all, you should consult not only a criminal attorney, but also an immigration attorney to find out whether and how you can avoid removal (deportation). Very few criminal lawyers understand the immigration laws -- and many of them may encourage you to plead guilty to something as a way of avoiding jail time, not realizing that your guilty plea may get you deported. DA SILVA LAW GROUP provides the services of attorneys with experience in both legal areas -- criminal law and immigration law under one roof. Call DA SILVA LAW GROUP today to discuss your case.
In addition, a person can be removed for certain violations that don't fall under the criminal laws. For example, if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) discovers that you got your green card through a fraudulent (sham) marriage, or any other type of fraud, you can be deported.
An immigrant can even be removed for failing to advise USCIS of a change of address within ten days of moving. In the past, USCIS almost never did anything about this. However, with increased security concerns, USCIS has begun using this rule against people it wishes to remove from the United States. Don’t allow yourself be in such a predicament. Call the DA SILVA LAW GROUP today at (781)223-6100 for an initial consultation to determine if you are eligible to file for your citizenship!
Study Materials for the Naturalization Tests