At Evans Law, P.C., our immigration attorneys understand how fervently our clients long to live the American dream. For more than 15 years, we have helped lawful U.S. residents complete the requirements to become full citizens of the United States.
Sioux Falls attorneys helps establish birthright citizenship
The 14th Amendment declares, "All persons born...in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens..." But is "born in the United States" the complete definition of "natural-born"? Not necessarily. There are many cases where U.S. citizens gain citizenship at birth but are unaware that they are in fact a U.S. citizen or have the documentation to prove their U.S. citizenship. A person may gain U.S. citizenship later in life and needs to obtain documentation of their U.S. citizenship. We will evaluate your case to determine if you may have a claim to U.S. citizenship and recommend an appropriate strategy to pursue your claim.
South Dakota immigration lawyers assists with naturalization
A lawfully-admitted permanent U.S. resident can apply for citizenship through the naturalization process starting at age 18, after a statutory amount of time as a permanent resident and provided other conditions are met. We can assist you in preparing your application and advancing step-by-step through the naturalization process.
Each naturalization applicant is required to pass English and U.S. civics and history testing We will discuss whether you have any qualifying circumstances which may excuse some or all of the testing requirements. For example, your age, your length of time as a permanent resident or certain medical conditions that impact your ability to successfully pass the required testing may allow you to obtain a waiver.
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. At Evans Law, P.C., we understand how the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services interprets "good moral character," and can present your story in the best possible light. With Evans Law, P.C. supporting your citizenship application, you know you have a reliable legal team behind you.