Millions before you have gone through naturalization, and now you’re ready, too. The process of becoming a citizen can be complicated, and it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approved 878,500 naturalization applications in 2023, and now it’s your turn to start the process. It’s a daunting task to face alone; one filled with paperwork, interviews, evidence, time, and money. Luckily, you don’t have to go through the process alone. Here are just some of the ways an immigration attorney can help you with the naturalization process on your journey to becoming a citizen. 

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Better Chance at Approval

Many naturalization applicants are denied on the first try. That’s not necessarily because they aren’t eligible; it could be due to a mistake in the paperwork or failing to pay U.S. taxes. Others face even more difficulty if they have a criminal background. Making minor mistakes can turn into a big problem, and may even lead to a denial. Depending on your circumstances, an immigration attorney may be able to increase your chances of approval. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence and prove that you’re of good moral character and meet all the other requirements for naturalization. 

Saves Time

The naturalization process can take up to two years to complete, and often, there are bumps along the way that lengthen it even further. Additionally, wait times for naturalization approval are increasing, causing even longer delays for hopeful applicants. If you want to speed up naturalization to become a U.S. citizen sooner, you should consider hiring an immigration attorney. Lawyers are familiar with every step of the naturalization process and can help you avoid mistakes so you can get citizenship faster than doing it alone. An immigration lawyer has also been through the process many times and knows the ins and outs of how naturalization works to save you time. 

Less Expensive

For many, becoming a U.S. citizen comes at an unexpectedly high cost. Application fees alone can cost over $800, not to mention traveling for hearings and other expenses. There’s no refund if your application is denied, which means that a small error could cost you twice as much as you expected. An immigration attorney can help save you money by getting the job done correctly the first time. They may be able to get your application fees reduced or waived, depending on the situation.

Less Stressful

Becoming a U.S. citizen can feel like an impossible task, but it doesn’t have to. Naturalization is easier when you have the help of an expert like an immigration attorney who has already helped others through the process. Small mistakes can turn into long delays and application denials, and a skilled attorney can help avoid those mistakes and make the process go smoothly. 

Contact an Immigration Lawyer Today

Do you have questions or want assistance regarding the naturalization process? The skilled attorneys at CoxEsq., P.C. have decades of experience assisting clients with becoming U.S. citizens. Your case is unique, and we’re here to provide you with the help you need in your naturalization journey. Contact us today to ask questions or schedule a consultation to see how CoxEsq., P.C. can help you become a naturalized United States citizen.