Skip to Content
Your Freedom Matters
Queens Citizenship & Naturalization We are passionate about helping people achieve their dreams, whether through fighting against the wrongs of yesterday or building a future for tomorrow. Servicing clients in Queens and surrounding cities. Your Truth, Your Freedom, Your Justice Matters!

Queens, NY Citizenship Lawyers

Legal Support for the U.S. Naturalization Process 

At the Sekou Clarke Law Group, we are immigrants just like you. Our attorney has experienced firsthand the challenges of obtaining U.S. citizenship. Having navigated this journey ourselves, we are dedicated to assisting others in theirs. While the path to citizenship demands patience, it also promises significant benefits.

Each client has a distinct background, ensuring their immigration journey is unique. We take pleasure in understanding your individual circumstances and employing our expertise in immigration law to assist you in the naturalization and citizenship process. Our legal approach is tailored to your specific needs, and we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. 

Need help with naturalization? Call our citizenship lawyers in Queens, NY, at (407) 269-8774 today. 

What Is Naturalization? 

Naturalization is the legal procedure enabling a foreign-born individual to attain citizenship in the United States. According to the guidelines of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), eligible candidates for naturalization must be at least 18 years old and exhibit good moral conduct. A crucial criterion is that the applicant must hold lawful permanent residency status in the United States for a minimum of five years, indicating possession of a valid green card for this duration.

Immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as asylum-seekers or refugees are also required to possess a green card for naturalization, with the option to include some of their time spent in asylum or refugee status towards the five-year requirement. 

Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization 

Achieving U.S. citizenship is a significant milestone that requires meeting specific eligibility criteria established by USCIS. These requirements are designed to ensure that individuals seeking citizenship demonstrate a commitment to the values and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. 

Here are the key requirements for U.S. citizenship:

  • Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Lawful Permanent Resident Status: Individuals must hold lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the United States, commonly known as possessing a green card, for a specified period.
  • Continuous Residence: Applicants must have resided continuously in the United States as an LPR for a specific period preceding the application.
  • Physical Presence: Prospective citizens must demonstrate physical presence in the United States for a certain amount of time during the required residency period.
  • Good Moral Character: USCIS evaluates the moral character of applicants, which includes factors such as criminal history, honesty in dealings with the government, and adherence to U.S. laws.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants must demonstrate an ability to read, write, speak, and understand basic English, unless exempted due to age and/or qualifying disabilities.
  • Knowledge of Civics: Candidates must pass a civics test to demonstrate their knowledge of U.S. history, government, and civic principles.
  • Oath of Allegiance: Applicants must be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance, affirming allegiance to the United States and renouncing allegiance to any foreign country.

Meeting these eligibility requirements is essential for individuals aspiring to become U.S. citizens, reflecting their commitment to integrating into American society and upholding its values.

What Are the Benefits of U.S. Citizenship? 

Obtaining U.S. citizenship offers a multitude of advantages that extend beyond the rights and privileges afforded to permanent residents. From expanded opportunities for employment to increased political participation, the benefits of citizenship are extensive and far-reaching. 

Here are some of the key advantages of gaining U.S. citizenship:

  • Right to Vote: U.S. citizens have the fundamental right to participate in federal, state, and local elections, thereby influencing the democratic process.
  • Unrestricted Travel: With a U.S. passport, citizens can travel freely to numerous countries without the need for visas, facilitating international mobility.
  • Access to Government Benefits: Citizenship provides eligibility for various government benefits, including Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, ensuring access to vital support systems.
  • Protection Against Deportation: Unlike permanent residents, citizens cannot be deported from the United States, providing a sense of security and stability.
  • Opportunities for Federal Employment: Many federal jobs require U.S. citizenship as a prerequisite, opening doors to a wider range of career opportunities.
  • Ability to Sponsor Relatives: U.S. citizens can sponsor immediate family members for immigration, expediting the process of reuniting with loved ones.
  • Civic Engagement: Citizenship encourages active engagement in community affairs and civic duties, fostering a sense of belonging and responsibility.

The benefits of U.S. citizenship not only enhance individual opportunities but also contribute to the strength and diversity of the nation as a whole. Taking the step towards citizenship not only grants access to numerous rights and privileges but also solidifies one's commitment to the American ideals of democracy and equality.

How Does the Naturalization Process Work? 

There are nine basic stages for the naturalization process. Unfortunately, many applicants encounter obstacles during one of these steps, which can stem from issues related to documentation, concerns regarding their intentions, or complexities arising from their personal history. Because of this, you should consider working with our experienced citizenship attorneys in Queens, NY. 

The nine fundamental stages for naturalization include:

  • Assessing current citizenship status
  • Confirming eligibility for U.S. citizenship
  • Completing Form N-400 Application for Naturalization
  • Submitting the application to USCIS
  • Attending a biometrics appointment if necessary
  • Participating in an interview with a USCIS official
  • Receiving a decision on the application
  • Upon approval, scheduling the Oath of Allegiance ceremony
  • Familiarizing oneself with the duties of a U.S. citizen

Navigating the naturalization process involves a series of defined steps, and seeking assistance from a dedicated advocate can prove invaluable in overcoming potential challenges and ensuring a smoother path towards citizenship.

What Should I Do If My Application for Naturalization Is Denied? 

U.S. citizenship applications may be denied for a variety of reasons, but this isn’t necessarily the end of your journey toward achieving naturalization. By working with our experienced citizenship lawyers in Queens, NY, you can appeal any denial of your application and seek a better outcome. 

Contact Us for Legal Assistance 

The Sekou Clarke Law Group can guide you through all the necessary steps toward achieving U.S. citizenship. With a dedicated immigration lawyer on your side, you can feel more confident about achieving your dream of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. 

Learn more about us and our services by contacting us online or by calling (407) 269-8774 today.

Aggressive & Passionate

What Makes Us Different

The Sekou Clarke Law Group is here to help you get the results you need with a team you can trust.

  • Excellent Client Reviews
  • Relatable Representation
  • Clients Are Like Family

What Our Clients Are Saying

    "He gave me and my family peace of mind"
    He did everything he could and more to help me.he is a miracle worker.
    - Denise
    "Excellent Service"
    Mr. Clarke helped my mom, his team made process seem quick and easy. The professionalism and communication was excellent. All our questions were answered and when we had doubts we were reassured. I would definitely recommend Mr. Clarke
    - Sasha C
    "I am comfortable where I am because of his professional guidance."
    The best move I ever made was to consult Mr. Clarke on my immigration matter. I am comfortable where I am because of his professional guidance.
    - Stephen M.
    "Mr. Clarke will drop anything to help a client in distress, and that's why I have him in my speed dial"
    It's good to have one reliable lawyer at your disposal. Mr. Clarke will drop anything to help a client in distress, and that's why I have him in my speed dial. Mr. Sekou has no limitations on the number of aliens in one case. Whatever the number, he will serve you to the best of his ability. Some law firms put a certain limit, thereby making it almost impossible to get the help one really needs.
    - Wanjiku N.
    "A few weeks later I was released and now I'm adjusting my status to become a Permanent resident."
    I was detained by ICE few months ago and was placed in removal proceedings. My family and I reached out to several law firms and they all rejected my case because of the charges that I had. Subsequently with my last hope of having any lawyer representation my family contacted Mr. Sekou Clarke and he immediately said Yes!!! A few weeks later I was released and now I'm adjusting my status to become a Permanent resident. Thanks to Mr. Clarke and his remarkable team
    - Desmond J.
    "Mr Clarke very professional lawyer he represented me and a couple of family and friends would recomend him to anyone who wants real honest professional help."
    Mr Clarke very professional lawyer he represented me and a couple of family and friends would recomend him to anyone who wants real honest professional help.
    - Former Client
    "I would recommend him to anyone."
    Sekou immediately after our first meeting put my mind at ease giving me hope while going through a difficult time in my life, while keeping constant communication with me and giving me words of encouragement at the same time he was able to handle my auto a
    - John
    "I would recommend him to anyone in Central Florida."
    He kept me informed of every step that was taken to successfully complete my divorce.
    - Racquel

    Contact Us for Your Consultation

    • Please enter your first name.
    • Please enter your last name.
    • Please enter your phone number.
      This isn't a valid phone number.
    • Please enter your email address.
      This isn't a valid email address.
    • Please make a selection.
    • Please enter a message.
    • By submitting, you agree to be contacted about your request & other information using automated technology. Message frequency varies. Msg & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Acceptable Use Policy
    Sobre Nuestra Firma

    Estamos aquí para ayudarte a resolver las complejidades de la inmigración.