We Streamline The Citizenship Process

The process toward becoming a U.S. citizen includes several steps in which an inexperienced person can get lost or overwhelmed along the way. The benefit of working with an Illinois immigration lawyer to guide you through the process helps your journey remain focused and productive.

Attorney Mary L. Field fully evaluates your unique situation and helps you understand your best possible path to obtaining a green card, permanent residency and/or citizenship. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires immigrants seeking permanent residency and/or citizenship to progress through an arduous process.

Typically, employment-based and family-based visa (green card) holders are eligible to apply for naturalization after five years of living in the U.S. and spending at least 30 months of the five years being physically present in the U.S. For those living with or married to a U.S. citizen, eligibility for naturalization is three years.

Ms. Field is happy to answer your questions about immigration, naturalization and citizenship. Call us at 630-296-5070, or contact us online to schedule a time to discuss your particular situation and goals.

Permanent Residence To Naturalization And Citizenship

Once you have been sponsored by an employer or a family member and you have obtained permanent residency (green card), you may be thinking about becoming a U.S. citizen in the future. Naturalization is the next step. It is a complex process, but nearly 30,000 people are naturalized in Illinois each year.

To be eligible for naturalization, a person must:

  • Be a permanent resident of at least 18 years of age
  • Have good moral character
  • Be able to read, write and speak English
  • Pass a civics test that demonstrates his or her knowledge of the U.S. government and U.S. history
  • Have been a permanent resident for five years (employment-based visa) or three years (family-based visa)

We can help you navigate the process, file forms properly and completely, prepare for naturalization tests, and comply with all laws governing naturalization and citizenship.

USCIS closely scrutinizes applicants for naturalization, so if you have any past problems or you fear that you may be deportable because of visa violations, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced attorney in confidence.

Contact Us Today To Schedule A Consultation

Ms. Field provides free telephone consultations at 630-296-5070. You may also contact us online. Ms. Field is available to discuss your goals along with our reasonable legal rates and payment plans. Flat fees are available for select services.