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U.S. Law Center

Citizenship Lawyer | Serving Los Angeles, CA

Free Consultation

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951-371-0027

U.S. Law Center is a Full-Service Immigration Law Firm Providing Corporations, Businesses and Individuals with a Full Range of Immigration Processing and Placement Services.

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Law Offices of Adam Green

Citizenship Lawyer | Los Angeles, CA

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866-716-4854

20-Plus Years Exclusively Practicing Immigration Law

Each day, immigrants from all over the world pursue the dream of American citizenship. Unfortunately many immigrants lose their opportunity for U.S. citizenship because they lack proper legal representation. As a skilled California Immigration Attorney, my office handles a variety of cases governed by USCIS in California and across the nation, including: Permanent residence …

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Law Offices of Bernard Sidman

Citizenship Lawyer

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818-643-1952

Serving Businesses and Individuals With Immigration Solutions

Bernard obtains immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for prominent entertainers, models, high tech professionals, journalists, investors, and international business clients. As a result of the large number of clients that Bernard represents in the TV and film community, he received the honor of being the only immigration attorney to be accepted as a full voting member of the …

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Law Offices of Judith L. Wood

Citizenship Lawyer | Los Angeles, CA

Free Consultation

Se Habla Español

213-986-8801

Highly Respected, Winning Cases for Women Who Have Suffered Persecution Throughout the World. We Speak Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Farsi and Korean.

Each day, immigrants lose the chance for legal status in the U.S. because they lack proper legal representation. When you hire the Law Offices of Judith Wood, you will get the best possible advocacy. As skilled Los Angeles Immigration lawyers, we have more than twenty years of experience handling complex immigration cases. We have won asylum for applicants from many …

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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 a Los Angeles immigration attorney who handles citizenship and naturalization cases to facilitate and assist in your case.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

How to Prepare for Your Initial Consultation

Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.

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

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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