Helping You Move Toward Your Citizenship Goals

Becoming a citizen of the United States is a goal of many individuals who are already residing in California or who hope to move to the country in the future. The path to citizenship can be difficult and complicated, but the experienced immigration attorneys with the Rancho Santa Margarita law firm of Brown & Stedman LLP can help.

If your goal is to become a citizen of the U.S., we will share in your hopes and dreams, working diligently to help you reach that goal. Pursuing this specific goal is fraught with challenges, but we will serve as your legal ally for every step of this process.

Your Options For Obtaining Citizenship Status

The right path for you to become a citizen of the United States depends on your goals and various other factors. We will carefully evaluate your individual situation and help you move forward with the most appropriate course of action. Citizenship through naturalization is one of the most common ways to reach this specific goal. Requirements to become a citizen through this path include:

  • Have a valid permanent residence card or green card for five years
  • Have a permanent resident card for three years if applying for citizenship as a spouse of a citizen
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have the ability to read, speak and write English
  • Have evidence you have good character and maintain high moral standards
  • Complete extensive forms, submit to an interview and take the U.S. naturalization test

Our lawyers are closely familiar with this process and can help you with every requirement you have to meet. We can also help you deal with challenges, such as a previous criminal conviction or other issues, that can stand between you and your goal.

Missteps and mistakes with the citizenship process can not only set you back or require that you begin with the process all over again, but also lead to other serious issues like the threat of removal.

Helpful, Honest Guidance

We believe you deserve a complete assessment of your case and honest explanation of your legal options. If you want to become a citizen, we are happy to explain the naturalization process and other options available to help you reach your goal. Contact our law firm at 949-459-3148 or reach out online for a free evaluation of your case. We help people in Costa Mesa and other communities in Southern California with immigration needs.