Citizenship & Naturalization
In the United States, a permanent resident may obtain citizenship through naturalization. Generally, permanent residents may become eligible for U.S. citizenship after having a green card for five (5) years or after having a green card for three (3) years if they are married to a U.S. citizen during that lapse of time.
The immigration legal team of Chavez & Valko, LLP has resolved thousands of immigration law challenges for our clients, including cases involving citizenship and naturalization. We handle all types of citizenship claims, including:
- Individuals who were born to U.S. citizens in a foreign country
- Individuals adopted by American parents
- Individuals whose parents naturalized and now seeking citizenship status
Citizenship offers the individual all the benefits and rights under the U.S. Constitution, including the right to vote. Citizens can also bring their immediate relative spouses, parents, and children to live in the U.S without waiting for long visa processing times as family members subject to the Visa Bulletin would. Lastly, citizenship offers the assurance to remain in the U.S permanently without worry about deportation and other associated hassles of non-citizens.
We encourage people living in the U.S. to seek citizenship once they are eligible. Even if you think you have some extenuating circumstances, you should consult with an immigration attorney as they might be able to provide you with a solution.