The status of citizen of the United States is coveted throughout the world. The right to live freely here and help relatives to immigrate here as well is a cherished opportunity sought by many. At Paul J. Alvarado PC, I understand how fervently my clients long to live the American dream. Drawing on substantial experience, I help lawful U.S. residents complete the requirements to become full citizens of the United States by fighting for them at each step of the process.
The Constitution of the United States sets the requirement that any person serving as president or vice-president of the United States must be a “natural-born citizen,” but does not define the term. 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 according to Title 8 U.S. Code § 1401, which lists several circumstances under which children born outside the United States are nevertheless considered citizens of the United States at birth:
Each of these conditions creates an opportunity for a person to establish birthright citizenship, provided the circumstances can be precisely documented. I assist in gathering the crucial facts to make a compelling case for birthright citizenship.
A lawfully admitted permanent U.S. resident can apply for citizenship through the naturalization process starting at age 18, provided other conditions are met. I can assist you in preparing your application and advancing step by step through the naturalization process.
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 weighed factor, and even a minor brush with the law can be a major impediment. I understand how the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interprets “good moral character,” and can present your story in the best possible light. I am also experienced at having criminal records expunged, and can often accomplish that before the application process begins. With Paul J. Alvarado PC supporting your citizenship application, you know you have a determined advocate fighting for you.