Immigrants make up about 12.5% of the United States’ population. Every year approximately half a million of these immigrants become American citizens and enjoy the rights and privileges that naturalization allows. If you are an immigrant who wants to become an American citizen, there are a series of legal steps that you need to pursue in order to do so. Call the Law Office of John Klopfenstein today to speak with a skilled Salinas immigration law attorney who can help guide you through the process of obtaining a green card or filing for citizenship in the United States. We can assist you in understanding your rights and protecting your interests at every phase of the naturalization process.
Becoming a US citizen involves two steps. First, you need to secure a green card. A green card is a permit to legally remain in the United States on a permanent basis. After five years of having a green card and being a legal resident (or after three years of residency if you are also married to a US citizen during this time), you can then apply for naturalization. In fact, as a legal resident you can start the process of filing for citizenship 90 days before you become eligible for it. Once you become an American citizen, you will be able to vote in elections, live and work in the US permanently, and even run for public office. Call the Law Office of John Klopfenstein in Salinas to schedule an appointment with a friendly Monterey County immigration law lawyer today. We welcome our friends from other countries to America and look forward to helping you and your family along the path to citizenship. No matter what your legal status may be or what stage of the naturalization process you may at, we want to hear from you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a capable Hollister immigration law attorney.