IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION
LAWYERS & ATTORNEYS
Representing both Immigrants and Non-Immigrants, our office represents clients from Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York. Our U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Lawyers and Attorneys will guide you through the often complex process of:
- Adjustment of Status based on Marriage to a U.S. Citizen
- Family Based Visas
- Green Cards
This office is available to serve all your Immigration needs including Marriage to a U.S. Citizen, Naturalization and applying for a green card. This office is fluent in both English and Spanish.
A green card holder, also known as a Lawful Permanent Resident, entitles the green card holder to certain rights and privileges. Contact our office for a consultation to see if you can apply for a green card.
Top 10 Reasons for Becoming a United States Citizen
- Immigration for family members – U.S. citizens receive priority treatment when it comes to bringing in family members. Citizens over 21 years of age can sponsor family members without waiting on a long line for a visa to become available. The same is true for spouses of U.S. citizens and minor children of U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens can also sponsor adult children and siblings, though the waits in these categories can be a few to several years. Green card holders, on the other hand, cannot sponsor parents or siblings. And the wait to bring in children and spouses are much longer than for citizens.
- Deportation – If one is ever convicted of a crime – and not necessarily a very serious crime – there is a risk of being deported. Once you become a citizen, with rare exceptions, you retain your citizenship even if you run into criminal problems.
- Government benefits – In recent years, there has been more and more talk of making certain kinds of public benefits only available to citizens. The only way to ensure that this will not ever be a problem is to naturalize.
- Retaining residency- The only way to guarantee you will forever have the right to remain in the US is to naturalize. Permanent residents are at risk of losing their green cards if they spend long periods of time outside the U.S. Since 9/11, this has become a more serious problem.
- Tax consequences – U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not always treated the same for tax purposes.
- Federal jobs – Certain types of jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
- Federal grants- While many federal grants are available to permanent residents, more and more are only available to U.S. citizen applicants.
- Running for office – Many types of elected positions in this country require the officeholder to be a U.S. citizen.
- Political contributions – While green card holders can legally donate money to campaigns if they are residing in the U.S., it is not clear that green card holders residing abroad – even temporarily – can do so.
- Voting in Elections- With rare exceptions, only citizens in this country can vote. If you want to effect change, your vote makes your voice heard.