Based in Houston and proudly serving clients in in Houston, Pasadena, Sugar Land, Conroe, Baytown, Katy, Clear Lake, Pearland, League City, Richmond, Spring, Humble, Kingwood, Stafford, Cypress, Fulshear, Missouri City, and The Woodlands. We also take immigration cases nationwide.
The United States is at its strongest when it welcomes a diverse set of immigrants. This is the guiding principle of Iyer PLLC, the premier immigration law firm in the Houston area. If you are seeking to become a U.S. citizen, contact us today to begin your journey to citizenship!
As former immigrants themselves, the Iyer PLLC team understands your objectives and can help you with your immigration case today. Our experienced, accessible, and dependable lawyer will evaluate your case and guide you through the best options for you. After you become a client, we will guide you through the citizenship process, whether through birth or naturalization, so that you can meet your short- and long-term goals.
Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Birth or Naturalization
Becoming a citizen of the United States is the ultimate goal of many immigrants across the country. Not only does citizenship grant you full rights to join the American community, but it also opens up opportunities for your family for generations to come. As a naturalized citizen himself, our attorney understands the dreams of immigrants who wish to better themselves and the U.S. through obtaining citizenship. He can help guide you through this process.
Generally, there are only two ways to obtain U.S. citizenship: at birth or through naturalization. U.S. citizens have the opportunity to join the American community and enjoy all of the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.
Birthright citizenship is the most common form of U.S. citizenship and generally comes in two forms. First, a person may obtain citizenship merely by being born within the United States or its territories. Second, a person may obtain citizenship through a U.S. citizen parent even though she was born outside the United States.
Citizenship Through Naturalization
Alternatively, an immigrant may obtain U.S. citizenship through naturalization after birth generally in one of two ways. First, an immigrant may automatically naturalize by operation of law. For example, a permanent resident child under 18 of a U.S. citizen will automatically obtain U.S. citizenship once she is residing in the custody of the U.S. citizen parent. Second, an immigrant may affirmatively apply for naturalization once she is eligible. Generally, an application for naturalization must been a permanent resident for at least five years, comply with certain residence requirements, and be a person of good moral character. However, there are also a number of special provisions that may expedite or otherwise facilitate the naturalization process.
Special naturalization provisions include:
- Marital Union to U.S. Citizen
- Form N-470, Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
- Spouse of U.S. Citizen Regularly Stationed Abroad
- Extraordinary Contributions to National Security
Naturalization applicants must also pass a civics and English test. After successfully passing these tests and interviewing to receive citizenship, the USCIS will determine whether they should be granted citizenship. Upon being awarded citizenship, the immigrant formally commits to abide by the principles of the U.S. Constitution and swears allegiance to the United States.
The naturalization process may seem long and complex. But with our careful planning and legal advice, we can help you meet your objectives to obtain U.S. citizenship as quickly and as conveniently as possible. Iyer PLLC can provide the guidance you need to have the best chance of success in achieving your goals.
If you live in in Houston, Pasadena, Katy, Sugarland, Clear Lake, Pearland, League City, Richmond, Spring, Humble, Kingwood, Stafford, Cypress, Fulshear, Missouri City, The Woodlands, or Conroe—or if you have an immigration case nationwide — contact us today to get started on your path to citizenship.