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California Immigration Law Firm for Citizenship Matters

Our Los Angeles law firm provide representation in the U.S. naturalization and citizenship process

The right to live as a citizen in the United States and to sponsor relatives to immigrate here as well is a cherished opportunity.  At the Law Office of Jennifer S.F. Lim, we understand the goals, hopes and concerns of clients who long to live the American dream and the sacrifices that they made to make it a reality. Drawing on substantial experience, we help lawful U.S. residents complete the process of becoming full citizens of the United States.

Los Angeles law firm provide advice on birthright citizenship

The U.S. Constitution sets the requirement that any person serving as President or Vice-President of the United States must be a “natural-born citizen,” but does not define the term. The 14th Amendment declares, “All persons born…in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens….” But is “born in the United States” the complete definition of “natural-born”?  Not according to Title 8 U.S. Code § 1401, which lists several circumstances under which children born outside the United States are nevertheless “citizens of the United States at birth”:

  • Anyone born outside the United States, both of whose parents are U.S. citizens, as long as one parent has lived in the United States
  • Anyone born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the United States for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
  • Anyone born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the United States. for at least one year
  • Anyone found in the United States under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
  • Anyone born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a U.S. citizen who lived in the United States for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
  • A person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the United States

Each of the above conditions creates an opportunity for a person to establish birthright citizenship, provided the circumstances can be precisely documented. Our attorneys can assist in gathering the crucial evidence to establish your case for birthright citizenship.

California immigration law firm assist with naturalization

A lawfully-admitted permanent U.S. resident can apply for citizenship through the naturalization process starting at age 18, provided other conditions are met. We can assist you in preparing your application and advancing step-by-step through the naturalization process.

The requirement of good moral character for naturalization application

In order to be considered for U.S. citizenship, a permanent resident must demonstrate “good moral character.”  While this does not require a showing of extraordinary virtue, it is a heavily-weighted factor, as even a minor brush with the law can become a major obstacle for your citizenship application. We understand how the USCIS interprets “good moral character,” and can present your story in the best possible light.  We also provide professional services in expunging criminal records and advise clients regarding the immigration consequences of their criminal record and how it will impact their naturalization application.  If you retain our law firm for your citizenship application, you will have an experienced and skilled legal team behind you.

Click here to access the Form N-400 application for naturalization.

Click here to access the list of 100 questions and answers for the civics knowledge test for your naturalization application.

Contact our California law firm for your citizenship application matter

Call the Law Office of Jennifer S.F. Lim at 213-680-9332 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. From our Los Angeles office, we serve clients throughout California.