Immigration Attorneys Counsel on Citizenship
Our lawyers assist with 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. We can assist in preparing the application and advancing step-by-step through the naturalization process.
Dallas attorneys help establish birthright citizenship
The U.S. Constitution sets the requirement that any person serving as President or Vice-President of the United States must be a “natural-born citizen,” but does not define the term. The 14th Amendment declares, “All persons born…in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens….” But is “born in the United States” the complete definition of “natural-born”? Not according to Title 8 U.S. Code § 1401, which lists several circumstances under which children born outside the United States are nevertheless “citizens of the United States at birth”:
- Anyone born outside the United States, both of whose parents are U.S. citizens, as long as one parent has lived in the United States
- Anyone born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the United States for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
- Anyone born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the United States for at least one year
- Anyone found in the United States under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
- Anyone born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a U.S. citizen who lived in the United States for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
- A person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the United States
Each of these conditions creates an opportunity for a person to establish birthright citizenship, provided the circumstances can be precisely documented. Our attorneys can assist in gathering the crucial facts to make a compelling case for birthright citizenship.
The question of good moral character in naturalization cases
In order to be considered for citizenship, a permanent resident must demonstrate “good moral character.” While this does not require a showing of extraordinary virtue, it is a heavily weighed factor. Even a minor brush with the law can be a major impediment. We understand how the USCIS interprets “good moral character,” and can present the matter in the best possible light. With JMA Firm, PLLC supporting your citizenship application, you know you have a reliable legal team behind you.
Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes
Lawful permanent residents who must leave the United States for a period of one year or longer for certain employment purposes risk losing their opportunity to timely naturalize to a U.S. Citizen. We can assist in preserving status as a resident to pursue naturalization.