CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at (619) 291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al (619) 291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration Problems
In An Honest & Responsible Manner

Just how difficult is it to get U.S. citizenship?

Getting citizenship can be tough. There are only two real ways that a person can become a citizen in the USA.  The first is to be born in the U.S. or to acquire citizenship by being born to an American citizen. The second is to go through the naturalization process.

For most immigrants, naturalization is their only real option for citizenship. To get to a point where you can seek naturalization, however, you will have to obtain the right to work and live in the U.S. through a green card. You can usually get a green card through employment or through your familial relationships.

What happens once you’re ready to apply for naturalization?

Once you’re ready to seek naturalization, you will need to fill out an application and go through an interview with an immigration officer. Most people then have to take an examination that demonstrates their ability to speak and understand English, their knowledge of U.S. history and their understanding of U.S. civics. (In some cases, people are exempted from taking the exam or may take the examination in their own language, although this is less common.)

Until you can apply for naturalization, it’s important to keep your record clean. You have to prove that you have good moral character, so you don’t want to have charges or convictions on your record if it can be helped. 

Essentially, the road to naturalization is different for everyone. Some may find it relatively easy, while others find it fraught with difficulty at every turn. However, it’s always a long process, and the immigration laws are always in flux. Our website has more information on naturalization and what to expect as you start looking into becoming an American citizen. It is helpful to research the process and what you need before you begin.

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We are open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

For our clients’ convenience we offer English and Spanish speaking services.