Determined & Skilled Immigration Defense

San Jose Citizenship Lawyer

San Francisco and San Jose Naturalization Lawyer

Legal permanent residents with crimes, extensive periods spent traveling abroad, or child support issues and tax issues, face huge potential pitfalls when applying for U.S. citizenship, including possible deportation from the United States.

Our clients depend upon our expertise to guide them through the naturalization process successfully. Having assisted numerous clients with difficult naturalization cases, our office can help ensure that you reach your dream of U.S. citizenship, and avoid possible deportation.

How We Can Help

At Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense, we can help you overcome many obstacles immigrants face in obtaining U.S. citizenship, and we will make sure you understand the path towards successful naturalization. If you or a family member is ready to pursue your U.S. citizenship, contact our firm today.

Daniel Shanfield has been rated a Northern California Immigration Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine. He is a San Francisco and San Jose immigration attorney rated 10/10 by and considered "Superb" based on his years of experience, unparalleled industry recognition, and ethical conduct.

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How Do I Qualify for Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship?

Below are basic USCIS requirements to obtain naturalization. With many rules however there are very important exceptions, so contact our firm to find out if you qualify for U.S. citizenship:

  • Permanent Resident for 5 years or married to a U.S. citizen for 3 years
  • Have been physically present in the U.S. for an aggregate of half the 5 or 3 year period.
  • Be 18 years of age, if using the basic immigration application
  • Have lived continuously in the U.S. for five years without leaving for more than 6 months continuously
  • Be of good moral character
  • Show sufficient knowledge of U.S. history and government, with exceptions for older or disabled applicants
  • Be able to read, write and speak Basic English, with exceptions for older or disabled applicants
  • Be a resident for three months at the address on your immigration application
  • Support the U.S. Constitution
  • Take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States

Is It Worth Getting a Citizenship Lawyer?

For many people, it is very worth their money to hire an attorney for Citizenship and Naturalization cases as their attorney helps them handle paperwork, explain confusing legal information, organize their case and fight on their behalf.

For many people, it is not worth the time and money to educate themselves enough to represent themselves when they could hire a professional to do it for them, providing a sense of security.

To learn more about naturalization, please visit our FAQ page for additional information.

Immigration Defense Attorney in San Jose

We are here to help you or your family member through the Citizenship and Naturalization application forms or any other difficulty which stands in your way. If USCIS handles your application too slowly, we may quickly seek a writ of mandamus to speed up the process. A writ of mandamus is a court order that directs a government official to perform an action, in this case, to process your application without delay.

Our San Jose citizenship & naturalization attorney can take immediate and effective action to appeal the unreasonable denial of any application and is committed to helping you resolve any difficulty in the citizenship process.

Contact a San Francisco and San Jose citizenship lawyer at the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield - Immigration Defense, PC to discuss your application for U.S. Citizenship & Naturalization.

Clients Tell Their Stories

  • “ was their expertise, diligence, and hard work that produced a successful outcome for me.”

    Former Client

  • “this office should always be your first choice.”


  • “Efficient and knowledgeable...especially for complicated and non-standard immigration cases.”


  • “ case was a kind of difficult one, but Daniel made it done.”


  • “Thank you to Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield for all your hard work.”


  • “The outcome of their professionalism and expertise resulted in my deportation case being dismissed.”


  • “...their professional approach to all my concerns gave me the confidence I needed to relax”


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