While applicants do not necessarily need an attorney to apply for U.S. citizenship, they may find it helpful to have someone familiar with immigration law to guide them through the process. Why might you want to call an attorney when applying for citizenship?
Understanding your options
Applying for citizenship is an important decision. Immigration lawyers can help you explore your options and determine whether you are eligible to apply for citizenship and which option is right for you in your current circumstances.
Knowledge of the process
Citizenship applications involve a variety of details and documents. If you are uncertain about what information you need to provide, it can be helpful to work with an attorney that has navigated this process before. They can guide you through the necessary forms, help you determine which documents to collect and make the application process more straightforward.
Assist with avoiding mistakes
When applying for citizenship, a mistake can derail your application, cause significant delays or halt your application entirely. Their familiarity with the law allows attorneys to help you avoid these mishaps.
Help identify potential concerns
Because they know immigration law, immigration lawyers can help you identify potential concerns. For example, if your naturalization is based on marriage to a U.S. citizen and you were previously married, they can help you collect important documentation to show that your marriage is valid.
Protect your rights
Because they can attend interviews with you, attorneys can offer clarification when needed or push back if you are treated inappropriately. This can be an important step in protecting your rights.