Guidance For Immigration And Naturalization Applications

The laws applying to the immigration and naturalization of foreign-born workers and their children continue to be a hot-button topic. While our firm often handles criminal defense matters, our overlying sense of justice for the individual also carries over to those who wish to come to the United States to legally work, live and pursue better lives for their families. The federal government, however, has made it increasingly difficult for those seeking a work visa or citizenship.

The Law Office of Miya Griggs can walk applicants here in Georgia through this complicated process. Each situation is unique, but all must apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The different steps depend upon each individual's goals. For example, those marrying a U.S. born citizen would go through one process, while someone coming here to start a new life would go through a different one. Miya Griggs is a lawyer who can help fill out their paperwork, meet deadlines and prepare for all the requirements.

What Is Naturalization?

This is the act of becoming a U.S. citizen. It includes the proper completion of the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, attend an interview, and pass an English and civics test. The applicant must also fulfill the following requirements:

  • Is at least 18 years of age
  • Of good moral character
  • A legal resident and physically living in the country for five years
  • A lawful permanent resident of United States

How Is Immigration Different?

This is the act of legally entering the United States to work or study for a specific period of time, or to permanently work and live without becoming a naturalized citizen. As with naturalization, the immigration system has become increasingly difficult to navigate. Eligibility is based on such factors as the following:

  • In-demand skills: These can apply to a professional athlete, software engineer, carpenter or a person with another skill.
  • Education level: Those with a higher education are considered more likely to contribute to society.
  • Family reunification: This can be a spouse, parent or child.
  • Capital investment in a business: This may involve a startup or another business opportunity.

Contact Us If You Are Interested In Applying For Immigration Or Naturalization

The U.S. laws governing immigration and naturalization are changing on an ongoing basis. It is best to contact the firm to get the most up-to-date information deportation and other matters. Call our office in Decatur at 844-474-4475 or use our Contact page to schedule an appointment with attorney Miya Griggs.