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Citizenship and Naturalization

Houston Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney

Naturalization is the process by which immigrants become United States citizens. There are many laws, rules, regulations and requirements that must be adhered to in order to obtain citizenship. Most applicants find the process to be complicated, confusing and daunting. There are often lengthy time delays, even when everything is apparently in order. It is advisable for applicants to obtain experienced legal representation in their quest for citizenship. Houston Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney Craig L. Pena has many years of experience in immigration law. He offers a free consultation to discuss your case and review your options.

General Requirements

Citizenship and naturalization laws are constantly subject to changes. In order to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, the applicant will have to abide by certain laws, which may include the following:

  • Live in the United States as a permanent resident for a minimum of five years
  • Live in the United States as a permanent resident for at least three years if they have served in the United States Armed Forces
  • Live in the United States as a permanent resident for at least three years if married to a United States citizen
  • Served in the United States Armed Forces in a designated period of armed combat
  • Due to space requirements this is only a partial list

Numerous Other Requirements – Good Moral Character

It is essential that the applicant be of good moral character in order to qualify for citizenship. Background checks may go back three, five or more years. If an individual has a conviction for a serious offense such as murder or other aggravated felony, this will bar them from attaining citizenship. If the applicant has a history of DUI, prostitution, gambling, nonpayment of alimony or child support or other negative conduct, it is advisable to discuss your background with your attorney.

Other Areas Pertaining to Citizenship and Naturalization

Attorney Pena provides legal advice in many areas pertaining to the citizenship and naturalization process, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • How to become a United States Citizen
  • Eligibility for naturalization
  • Denaturalization
  • Dual Citizenship
  • Military Citizenship
  • Citizenship for military members and their dependents
  • Spouses and children of military members
  • Naturalization
  • Eligibility
  • Naturalization ceremonies
  • FAQ
  • Naturalization Test
  • English and civics test
  • Failing
  • Testing exemptions

Complimentary Consultation with Houston Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney Craig L. Pena

Due to the complexity of the naturalization process, it is wise to obtain the legal services of an experienced and skilled immigration attorney as soon as possible. Houston Immigration Attorney Craig L. Pena has years of experience representing clients in matters of immigration, and citizenship and naturalization. Attorney Pena is responsive to his client’s needs and offers compassionate and caring legal counsel. He will help you understand exactly what you need to do in order to proceed in your pursuit of U.S. citizenship. There are many areas that were not mentioned in this section because of the complexity involved as well as the limitation in space. To schedule your complimentary consultation with the Law Firm of Craig L. Pena, call 832-833-6595.