Naturalization and Citizenship Lawyer in Tennessee
Our Immigration Lawyer Helps You Achieve Your Dream of Becoming a US Citizen through Naturalization
Americans like to say that we are a nation of immigrants. Our cultural identity is built around this idea; “Come to America, where the streets are lined with gold.” But at the Law Office of Perry A. Craft PLLC, we know that you might be overwhelmed by the process of becoming a US citizen through naturalization. You probably have a lot questions, and you may not know who to ask.
You’ve come to the right place. Attorney Craft helps immigrants and non-citizens work within the legal system by representing their best interests in the office and during hearings. He is devoted to give you the best opportunity at becoming a citizen.
The path to citizenship and the rules of eligibility
Every year thousands of people apply for citizenship through the naturalization process. Though there are exceptions to every rule, the standards of eligibility are the same whether you live in Nashville or New York. You must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a permanent resident for 5 years, unless you’re applying as a spouse, in which case you must be a permanent resident for 3 years
- Have a “period of continuous residence and physical presence” here in America
- Be of good moral character
- Understand the basics of American history and the Constitution
- Be able to read and write English
You may also be eligible if you have qualifying military service. If you fit these guidelines, you apply for naturalization by filling out the N-400 form. You must then take tests in US history, civics and English. The US government offers free study guides for these tests. There are also classes run by nonprofit organizations right here in Nashville that will help you prepare. If you pass your tests and your application is accepted, you are then required to take the Oath of Allegiance in front of a judge.
Why you need the help of a dedicated immigration lawyer
The naturalization process seems straightforward, but immigration law is rarely simple. The laws change frequently, and what you do today could affect the rest of your life in America. At the Law Office of Perry A. Craft, we work hard to eliminate as many potential problems as possible. We walk you through the N-400 form to start, so you can ensure that your answers are 100% correct and truthful.
One of the reasons you may be denied citizenship is if you fail to be found “of good moral character.” At our Nashville firm, we know that mistakes you made as a teenager shouldn’t affect your entire life. We also know that sadly, mistakes can be made on behalf of law enforcement officials, which could lead to a criminal record. Attorney Craft’s background in criminal defense gives him – and you – an advantage if you face deportation or removal during your naturalization process. His detail-oriented nature can help you make a stronger case for why you should be allowed to be a US citizen. You want a strong attorney by your side to help you; Perry Craft is that person.
Let us help you on your way to becoming a US citizen
At the Law Office of Perry A. Craft PLLC in Nashville, TN, we welcome you with open arms. Put our more than 35 years of experience to work for you as you pursue your own American Dream. Call 615.239.1899 or fill out our convenient contact form to make an appointment with a dedicated, ethical immigration lawyer today.