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Red Flags for Naturalization - Reasons to Consult a Lawyer Before Filing Form N-400

Naturalization is the ultimate goal of the immigration process, but many bumps and potholes can trip you up on the way. Your entire immigration history, plus other aspects of your life since becoming a permanent resident- such as travel, marriage, taxes, arrests - comes up for review.

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Below, I have provided links to the most recently revised edition of my comprehensive article on the naturalization process, for the annual PLI Basic Immigration Law seminar, which goes into a lot of detail and depth, as well as my accompanying slides for that talk, which give a basic overview of the requirements. The areas of concern outlined in this legal guide are only a few of the important elements of background that USCIS will examine for every naturalization applicant. The Service pays the closest attention to any potential areas of fraud or misrepresentations in the green card process, so if anything important was left out or stated in error at any time in your immigration history, verbally or in writing, it is essential to go over those facts carefully with an experienced immigration attorney before filing for naturalization.

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