Immigration and Preparation for a Naturalization Interview so that you are on the right path to success in obtaining your U.S. Citizenship!
When it comes to any immigration matter before USCIS, the NVC, or EOIR, an experienced attorney makes a huge difference. Even for something as simple as a naturalization interview, be prepared.
Charges, Arrests, and Convictions
The interviewing officer is not only looking to test your knowledge of English and civics, but also to ensure that you have been honest on any criminal arrests, charges, and convictions – make sure to bring originals certified by the Court or police station wherein you had any arrests, charges, or convictions. If the files have been destroyed due to the passage of time, the Court and law enforcement agency may provide you with a certified document indicating that the documents have been destroyed.
If you have minor children who do not reside with you or owe child support, make sure to present evidence that you are up-to-date on child support. Even if you do not have official records from the State’s child support depository, you may present evidence by way of bank records reflecting wage garnishments, money orders or checks you have paid the other parent, or an affidavit signed by the other parent that you are up-to-date on child support.
If you owe money to the IRS or have failed to file income tax returns, this will also prevent you from obtaining naturalization. If you have filed all of your tax returns and owe money to the IRS but are on a payment plan, this is ok, simply present the correspondence from the IRS reflecting the amounts owed, the payment plan you are on, bank statements reflecting auto-pay deductions from the IRS or any other method of payment you are using to pay back taxes owed.
Evidence of Travel Outside the U.S.
Make sure to take with you all evidence of travel outside of the U.S. while your were a permanent residence. Make sure to present all of your passports to support travel outside of the United States while you have been a resident.
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Make sure to also take with you all evidence of marriages, divorces, your birth certificate, and birth certificates of your children, along with certified translations of each document (if applicable).
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