Gopal & Pedigo, PC will Assist You in Becoming a United States Citizen
Applying for naturalization can be exciting but also nerve-wracking. In order to become a citizen of the United States you must file the correct paperwork and pass the civics test, which includes a basic knowledge of U.S. history as well as reading and writing skills. Our experienced attorneys can help you through the process. Many clients find that they do not even have to pay the $680 government fee for the citizenship test – our attorneys will meet with you and determine if you are at or below the poverty level and are eligible for a fee waiver.
Can you pass the test? The test given by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed and evolved over the years. The test now comprises 10 questions and you must answer at least 6 questions correctly. The exam covers U.S. history, government, basic civil rights as well as local and state representatives.
Can you pass the test in English? If you have avoided becoming a U.S. Citizen because you are unsure of your English abilities, you may be surprised to learn that there are some exceptions to the English language requirement. Certain foreign nationals who have held their green cards for a long time and meet other age requirements are eligible to take the Citizenship test in their native language. There are also other exceptions made on a case-by-case basis, as well as medical waivers. At Gopal & Pedigo PC, we evaluate each client’s unique situation and develop a plan that best suits their individual needs. We guide you through the entire process, explaining everything that is going to happen. We file all necessary paperwork and even have a practice interview in our office so that you are confident on your test day.
Unfortunately some foreign nationals are not eligible for naturalization due to past criminal convictions. Many aliens believe that if their conviction was for a minor crime or if the conviction was a long time ago, it will not affect their ability to become a United States Citizen. This is not correct and could cause very dire consequences include the loss of the alien’s green card and placement in deportation proceedings. At Gopal & Pedigo we offer free consultations – consultations that are 100% confidential to allow our clients the ability to share the full extent of their criminal convictions so that we can give honest, direct advice about their case.
When you become a United States Citizen, new opportunities open up for you and you gain new rights including the right to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation, the right to travel for any length of time and reenter the United States, the right to vote, eligibility for government benefits and the ability to work in a government job. United States Citizens can also sponsor their immediate family members in foreign countries.
Contact the attorneys at Gopal & Pedigo PC for help with your citizenship application to ensure the best possible outcome. Schedule your free consultation by calling (615) 200-8472 today!