I became a US immigrant through my job in 2008.This yr I can apply for my citizenship but then I am really worried that I might be denied because of what I have over looked with my previous marriage back in my native country.My final annulment papers came out in june 2010,but was filled in 2008, then I got married here in sept 2009 and legally changed my last name to my husbands last name in 2011.the reason why i over look this was cuz i believed my x-husband that it was all set and i dont have to file divorce from here cuz according to him it was finish already in june 2009,but i never really asked for a copy,only to find out that it wasnt yet.after i got married here.i need advice on what to do and if i need a lawyer to file my citizenship.thanks!
You can apply for citizenship based on your five years as a permanent resident. The marriage issue should be discussed with a family law and immigration attorney in California. The marriage in the US may not be legal - depends on the effective date of the annulment and once it has been approved whether it voids the prior marriage completely.
While ignorance of the law is no defense, I see these issues frequently due to a person not knowing the consequences of marriage, divorce, separation, annulments, etc. However, the consequences can be quite drastic and severe. These are very serious issues and it is imperative that you consult with an immigration attorney immediately not only regarding your ability to apply for citizenship but but also to avoid possible loss of residency in deportation proceedings.
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