Citizenship Lawyer in Cherry Hill Provides Strong Guidance
Effective New Jersey firm gives people a chance at the American dream
People from around the world strive to attain United States citizenship. The Law Offices of Joshua A. Benjamin provides effective representation to clients who long to realize the American dream. U.S. citizenship can obtained through the process of naturalization or, in certain cases, established as a birthright. Based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Mr. Benjamin draws on substantial experience in immigration law to deliver knowledgeable guidance through the process from the initial application through the formal declaration of citizenship.
Experienced attorney helps clients establish birthright citizenship
It is well-settled that someone who is born in the United States is a citizen of this country, but several situations can exist where a person is considered a natural-born citizen even though their mother did not give birth within our borders. Citizenship at birth can belong to a person who is:
- Born outside the United States, both of whose parents are U.S. citizens, as long as one parent has lived in the United States.
- Born outside the United States, if one parent is a U.S. citizen who lived within the country for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national (someone with ties to an outlying possession of the United States, such as American Samoa).
- Born in a U.S. possession if one parent is a citizen and lived in the United States for at least one year.
- Found in the United States under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not brought forward before the person turns 21 years old.
- Born outside the United States who has one parent classified as an alien and one U.S. citizen parent who lived in the country for at least five years, which includes time spent in the nation’s diplomatic service or armed forces.
- Born outside the United States before May 24, 1934 to an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother.
Establishing birthright citizenship requires these circumstances to be fully and precisely documented. Our firm offers a free consultation where we evaluate your situation. If you are eligible, we’ll assist in gathering the materials that are crucial to building a compelling case on your behalf.
Counselor advises on navigating the naturalization process
A lawfully admitted permanent U.S. resident can apply for citizenship through the naturalization process starting at age 18, provided other conditions are met. If admitted as the spouse of a U.S. citizen, you can apply for citizenship after you’ve had a green card for three years. For others, the required waiting period is five years. In either case, you must have been physically in the U.S. for half of the waiting period. A naturalization applicant also must demonstrate “good moral character." While this does not require a showing of extraordinary virtue, it is a heavily weighed factor, and any criminal conviction can be a major impediment. Finally, applicants must be to read, write and speak basic English and have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government. Regardless of what hurdles you might face, attorney Joshua Benjamin has the immigration law experience to guide you step by step through the naturalization procedure, including preparing you for the interview and outlining what you can expect on the English and civics tests.
Contact a New Jersey lawyer for a free consultation about establishing U.S. citizenship
If you or a family member would like to apply for citizenship in the United States, the Law Offices of Joshua A. Benjamin, LLC can evaluate your situation immediately and discuss the available options. Please call our Cherry Hill office at 856-528-8104 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.