File Your Naturalization Petition for U.S. Citizenship ASAP

Get Help from Experienced Columbus Citizenship Attorneys

If you are a U.S. permanent resident (green card holder) and you are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through a petition for naturalization, it would be wise to consider doing so as soon as possible. Waiting to file your petition could result in dire consequences because something might happen in your future that could permanently prevent you from becoming a citizen, and then you will have missed your chance.

Seek Help from Our Columbus Citizenship Lawyers

If you have questions about whether you are eligible to naturalize as a United States citizen, seek assistance from the experienced attorneys at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates. Our Columbus immigration lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience.

Get in touch with us today by calling (800) 625-3404.


Why Pursue U. S. Citizenship? 

Citizens Don't Have to Worry About Immigration Status

As a permanent resident, you can lose your immigration status and have your green card revoked by the U.S. government. Not only can you lose your green card, but you can also be removed from the United States for several reasons including if you are convicted of a certain type of crime, if you spend too much time abroad outside of the U.S., or if you commit some other immigration violation. A U.S. citizen can almost never lose status or be removed from the U.S., except in very limited circumstances such as when a person voluntarily renounces his or her citizenship or has obtained U.S. citizenship through fraudulent means.

Citizens Can Travel Abroad Without Restriction

As a permanent resident, you are forbidden from traveling outside of the United States for longer than one year without a reentry permit or a return visa or you risk losing your green card status. A U.S. citizen has the right to travel abroad freely without time limits or return visa requirements.

Citizens Can More Easily Get Green Cards for Family Members

Permanent residents who file immigration petitions to sponsor family members for green cards face long waiting times. U.S. citizens have much shorter waiting times and can sponsor a wider range of family members.

Citizens Have More Constitutional Rights

Permanent residents do not have the full rights and protections guaranteed by the United States Constitution.

Some of these rights include:

  • The right to a United States passport
  • The right to vote
  • The right to receive assistance when traveling abroad from United States embassies and consulates
  • The right to serve on a jury
  • The right to receive full Social Security benefits as well as other forms of federal and state financial aid

How to Become a United States Citizen

If you have been a permanent resident for five years (or three years if your green card was sponsored by your spouse), you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship provided that you meet all of the other requirements, such as having good moral character and avoiding certain immigration law violations.

If you are interested in becoming a United States citizen, or you have other concerns or questions about immigration law, consult with the attorneys at The Law Firm of Shihab & Associates.

Contact us online or at (800) 625-3404.


Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen compared to remaining a permanent resident?

U.S. citizenship offers several advantages over permanent residency. Citizens do not have to worry about losing their status or being removed from the U.S. under most circumstances. They can travel abroad without restrictions, sponsor a wider range of family members for green cards with shorter waiting times, and enjoy full constitutional rights, including voting and serving on a jury. Additionally, citizens can access a U.S. passport, receive consular assistance while abroad, and are eligible for full Social Security benefits and other government aid.

Can a permanent resident lose their green card for spending too much time outside the U.S.?

Yes, permanent residents risk losing their green card status if they travel outside of the United States for longer than one year without obtaining a reentry permit or a return visa. It's important for permanent residents to maintain their residency requirements to avoid complications with their immigration status.

Why Choose Shihab & Associates?

Retaining an Immigration Attorney is an Important Decision
  • Personal and Exceptional Approach to Processing Visas and Working With Our International Clients
  • US Immigration Services Offered in Columbus, Cleveland, Southfield, & Washington DC
  • Technologically Savvy Law Firm with Implementation of Numerous Tools to Deliver Case Progress

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Our lawyers will individually and clearly explain the visa or green card process and will simplify the complex procedure in small, easy to understand steps.

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