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U.S. Citizenship

Legal Services: U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization

The Law Office of Mark Galvin is dedicated to helping people navigate the naturalization process and achieve US citizenship. Our attorney has over 25 years of immigration law experience protecting the rights and interests of our clients interested in naturalization.

Generally, the US citizenship requirements are:

  • You must be age 18 to apply
  • Must have been a US permanent resident for at least 5 years (or 3 years if married and residing with a US citizen)
  • Residence in State where naturalization application is filed for at least 3 months prior to filing
  • Residence in US for at least 50% of the last 5/3 years with limited exceptions
  • Ability to read, write and speak ordinary English (waivers are available based on age and/or disability)
  • Knowledge of US history and government (we will provide list of Questions and Answers to pass the naturalization test)
  • Good moral character for 5/3 years preceding the naturalization application
  • Selective Service registration (generally, a male who has lived in the US in any status other than as a lawful nonimmigrant at anytime between the ages of 18 and 26 is required to register with Selective Service)

A child under age 18 can apply for derivative citizenship if at least one parent is a US citizen. The child files for a Certificate of Citizenship using Form N-600.

Assisting Clients From Around the World

Our clients come to us from around the world, including: North America, South America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. We handle a vast array of immigration issues including:

  • Visa applications
  • Permanent Resident status (green cards)
  • Naturalization applications

The Law Office of Mark Galvin will:

  • Review your present situation to determine US naturalization eligibility where issues are present involving extended absences from the US, child support, tax arrearage, criminal history, prior misrepresentations to USCIS or US Embassy, failure to register with Selective Service, etc.
  • Attempt to correct any issues which could impede your naturalization (e.g. criminal record, non-Selective Service registration)
  • Work with you to prepare your application
  • Help you prepare you for your citizenship exam (U.S. history and government)

Citizenship Has its Benefits

As a citizen of the United States, you will gain certain rights and benefits including:

  • The right to vote
  • Elimination of the possibility of deportation
  • U.S. passport eligibility
  • U.S. Consular assistance abroad
  • The ability to sponsor family members for permanent residency (Green Card)
  • Receive Social Security abroad

The Law Office of Mark Galvin offers experienced, practical and prompt counsel in business and family immigration matters. Contact the Law Office by e-mail or by calling 401-519-7214 or toll-free 888-859-2138 for services in the United States or abroad.

Our Lawyer offers a flat fee structure so that you know what you are paying at the outset without any hidden or undisclosed costs.

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