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The path to U.S. citizenship through naturalization sometimes involves cutting through a lot of bureaucratic red tape. This process doesn't have to feel like an uphill battle. In fact, seeing our clients achieve their dream of citizenship is the best part of our job. We know how to efficiently prepare and compellingly present your N-400 application to maximize your chances of approval. From securing an ideal interview date to providing mock interview practice, we'll champion your case every step of the way.

Your Citizenship Application: The N-400

Requirements and Recommended Documentation

The N-400 is the key form to initiate the naturalization process and obtain U.S. citizenship. However, it's just the starting point - USCIS requires applicants to gather a comprehensive packet of supporting documentation as well. This includes copies of your green card, past immigration records, tax returns, and other evidence demonstrating your continuous residence and physical presence in the United States (two concepts that are different but frequently confused).


You'll also need to provide biographical information like birth certificates, travel records, marriage certificates, and details on any trips abroad lasting 6 months or longer. The paperwork trail doesn't stop there - applicants must clear FBI fingerprint and background checks, as well as provide records proving they can read, write, and speak basic English unless qualifying for an exception.


With so much at stake in this final stage before citizenship, it's critical your N-400 packet is complete and accurately represents your full eligibility. Our legal team has extensive experience ensuring no key details are overlooked.

The Naturalization Interview

Let us be Your Advocate

After USCIS reviews your N-400 application, the final major step is passing the citizenship exam and interview. The exam has two components—an English test to demonstrate your ability to read, write, and speak the language, as well as a civics test covering important U.S. history and government topics.

During the actual naturalization interview, you'll be asked questions about your application and background to verify your eligibility. The officer will go over your English skills and administer the civics exam verbally. You'll also be required to provide fingerprints, photos, and other biometrics.


While this interview may seem intimidating, just think of it as your final "naturalizing" moment before becoming a U.S. citizen! Our legal team will ensure you understand exactly what to expect and how to present yourself confidently. We'll be by your side providing vigorous representation to overcome any potential issues that could jeopardize your approval.

Common Pitfalls

Taxes, Travel, Parking Tickets, and More

While becoming a U.S. citizen is a proud achievement, the road to naturalization has its share of potential potholes.


One area that frequently trips up applicants is properly documenting their tax filing history, as USCIS requires transcripts proving you've filed taxes as required or evidence of a payment plan with the IRS if you need to get caught up. Your filing status should also be accurate—a surprisingly common problem.


Certifying continuous residence and physical presence in the United States is another hurdle. Multiple trips and/or extended trips abroad of 6 months or more can be problematic if not properly tracked.

Perhaps the trickiest requirement is demonstrating "good moral character" and disclosing your full criminal record, if applicable. Even arrests or charges that were dismissed must be reported, and certain offenses can permanently bar you from naturalizing. Even incidents that you may believe were relatively minor, such as traffic tickets that technically rise beyond the civil level, must be disclosed and explained. Failure to register with the Selective Service is also problematic for male applicants.


Our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients proactively address issues like these that could become roadblocks. We'll ensure issues like tax delinquencies are resolved upfront and advocate persuasively for why isolated incidents shouldn't disqualify you from the immense privileges of U.S. citizenship.


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