Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization and Citizenship

GHP assists clients in obtaining United States citizenship through the naturalization process. We can help to determine if you are eligible to naturalize, obtain supporting documents, prepare and submit your application, and attend the naturalization interview. We can also analyze complex naturalization cases where there are extended absences from the United States, criminal history, or adverse immigration factors.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) is taking a closer look at these cases than in the past to make sure that the permanent resident status was properly obtained, and that the applicant is not deportable.

Because of the in depth review by USCIS, many of these cases may take an extended period and require federal court litigation to attain a timely and properly decided. Our firm has extensive experience litigating naturalization cases in federal courts.   GHP was counsel for a class of denied naturalization applicants in Lee v. Ashcroft who were improperly denied as lacking good moral character. USCIS agreed to reopen and readjudicate hundreds of cases that were then approved.

GHP is also experienced in handling citizenship cases, where the client was born in another country, but may have acquired citizenship because of a U.S. citizen parent.  For example, a client is arrested because of a criminal conviction and is threatened with deportation.  GHP has been successful in persuading ICE to drop deportation proceedings by convincing them that the individual was actually a derivative U.S. citizen.

Our attorneys are also experienced in handling denaturalization cases. If you are facing the possible loss of your U.S. citizenship, it is crucial that you have competent counsel to advise you and protect your rights.

Citizenship has many benefits. The United States government may not deport a U.S. citizen; you may leave and return to the U.S. as you please. Additionally, U.S. citizenship permits you to petition for your relatives abroad and bring them into the United States. If you would like to become a United States citizen, contact us and we would be happy to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys to determine your eligibility, and assist you with the application process.