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Law Office of Peter Duong

Citizenship Lawyer | Serving Emeryville, CA

Se Habla Español

415-527-0388

With the Upcoming Changes in Immigration Reform, Call Peter Duong today to Discuss Your Options With an Experienced and Reputable Immigration & Deportation Attorney

The Law Office of Peter Duong assists individuals and businesses with the preparation of employment-related immigration applications. We also help individuals reunited with their husband or wife through marriage and fiance visas.  We focus on complex and cutting edge cases including those involving same sex marriages and individuals with criminal convictions.   …

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Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.

Citizenship Lawyer | Serving Emeryville, CA

Se Habla Español

925-399-8447

Your Immigration needs are important. Click here or call today for help.

The U.S. immigration system can be confusing. Immigration laws are complicated, border patrol and immigration officers can be harsh, and people can be abusive to immigrants for no good reason. It can be hard to know where to turn when trouble comes. If you or a loved one is facing an immigration problem, our experienced immigration lawyers may be able to help you and your …

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Law Offices of Jorge Rodriguez-Choi

Citizenship Lawyer | Serving Emeryville, CA

Se Habla Español

510-470-7214

San Francisco Immigration Law Firm Offices in San Francisco & Oakland

I am a solo practitioner who, for more than ten years, has offered caring yet aggressive legal services for immigrants and their families in Central and Northern California. I am a native Spanish speaker who immigrated from Chile in the late 70's. I have been practicing immigration law since 1997. I started my career at Catholic Charities Immigration Program in San …

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How to Become a U.S. Citizen

Becoming a U.S. Citizen is an important step in many people's lives. There are multiple ways to become a U.S. Citizen, including: being born in the United States; acquisition at birth; deriving citizenship through the naturalization or U.S. birth of a parent; posthumous citizenship through death while on active duty service; after 3 years of lawful permanent residence based on marriage to a U.S citizen, or 5 years of lawful permanent residence (along with other requirements).

Do You Need Citizenship Lawyer to Become a U.S. Citizen?

There are many naturalization and citizenship programs that you may fall under and every naturalization program has its own eligibility requirements. When applying for naturalization, some issues may make you ineligible, such as criminal arrests or convictions, selective service compliance, good moral character, lengthy absences from the United States and false claims to citizenship. It's best to consult with an Emeryville immigration attorney who handles citizenship and naturalization cases to facilitate and assist in your case.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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