San Jose Naturalization Lawyer Services at The Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield Immigration Defense, PC

At The Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield Immigration Defense, PC, we recognize the profound importance of becoming a U.S. citizen. Our dedicated team of experienced naturalization lawyers can guide you through each step of this significant journey.

How a San Jose Naturalization Lawyer Can Help You

Naturalization Lawyer

As naturalization lawyers, we can significantly assist you in your journey to U.S. citizenship:

Assessing Eligibility

We evaluate your unique situation to ensure you meet all naturalization requirements.

Guiding Through the Application Process

We help accurately complete and file your naturalization application, minimizing errors and delays.

Handling Complex Cases

If you have issues such as a criminal background or previous immigration violations, we can provide specialized legal strategies.

Preparing for the Interview and Test

We offer thorough preparation for the citizenship interview and civics test.

Legal Representation

If complications arise, one of our naturalization attorneys can represent you in hearings or appeals, advocating on your behalf.

Our experience and personalized support aim to make your path to U.S. citizenship as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Our San Jose Naturalization Lawyer Services

Our immigration lawyer services are robust. Here’s how we can help you during the naturalization process. 

Eligibility Assessment

We evaluate your eligibility for naturalization, considering factors like residency duration, physical presence, and moral character.

Application Preparation and Filing

Our team assists in accurately completing and filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.

Managing Complex Cases

We handle cases involving criminal backgrounds, previous immigration violations, or other issues that might affect eligibility.

Interview Preparation

We prepare clients for the citizenship interview, including practice for the civics and English tests.

Representation in Legal Proceedings

If necessary, we represent clients in hearings or appeals related to their naturalization applications.

Eligibility for Citizenship in the United States

To be eligible for citizenship in the United States through naturalization, an individual generally must meet the following criteria:

Age Requirement

Must be at least 18 years old.

Lawful Permanent Resident

Must have been a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) for at least five years, or three years if married to a U.S. citizen.

Continuous Residence

Must have lived continuously in the U.S. for at least five years before applying.

Physical Presence

Must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the five years prior to the application.

Good Moral Character

Must demonstrate good moral character, which includes not having certain criminal convictions.

English and Civics Knowledge

Must demonstrate an understanding of basic English and knowledge of U.S. history and government.

Oath of Allegiance

Must be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.

These requirements can vary slightly in specific circumstances, such as for applicants with U.S. military service.

The Naturalization Process

The naturalization process in the United States generally involves the following steps

Confirm Eligibility

Before applying, you must ensure you meet all eligibility criteria. This includes requirements like having been a lawful permanent resident for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen), being at least 18 years old, having continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S., and possessing good moral character.

Complete Form N-400

The Application for Naturalization, Form N-400, must be accurately completed and submitted to USCIS. This form asks for detailed information about your background, residence, employment, and time outside the U.S.

Biometrics Appointment

After submitting your application, you’ll be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. Here, your fingerprints will be taken, and a background check will be conducted to ensure you don’t have disqualifying criminal history or other issues.

Interview and Test

You will be scheduled for an interview with a USCIS officer. During the interview, your application will be reviewed, and you will be tested on your knowledge of English and U.S. history and government (civics).

Receive a Decision

After your interview, USCIS will make a decision on your naturalization application. This can be an approval, a continuation (if you need to provide additional documents or retake the test), or a denial.

Oath of Allegiance

If approved, you will be scheduled to attend a naturalization ceremony where you will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. This ceremony marks the final step in the naturalization process, and you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization, officially becoming a U.S. citizen.

Each step requires careful attention to detail and adherence to procedures, and any errors or oversights can lead to delays or denials. Therefore, many applicants seek the assistance of a naturalization lawyer to guide them through this process.

Common Challenges During the Naturalization Process 

Common challenges during the naturalization process include:

Navigating Complex Paperwork

The application and associated documentation can be intricate and overwhelming.

Language Barriers

The English proficiency test can be a hurdle for non-native speakers.

Civics Test

Some applicants find the U.S. history and government test challenging.

Extended Processing Times

Delays in application processing and scheduling interviews can be frustrating.

Legal Issues

Past legal issues or criminal records can complicate the process.

Meeting Physical Presence and Continuous Residence Requirements

Proving the required amount of time spent in the U.S. can be difficult for some applicants. We do have complex family immigration lawyers should that become a need. 

Financial Costs

The application fee and potential legal fees can be a burden.

Interview Anxiety

The interview can be intimidating, leading to stress and anxiety.

These challenges underscore the importance of preparation and, in many cases, seeking professional legal assistance.

Why Choose The Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield Immigration Defense, PC for Naturalization

  • Experience in Immigration Law: Our firm’s in-depth knowledge ensures a thorough and competent handling of your naturalization process.
  • Personalized Support: We understand the uniqueness of each case and provide personalized guidance.
  • Commitment to Your Success: Achieving your dream of U.S. citizenship is our goal, and we are dedicated to making it a reality.

Contact The Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield Immigration Defense, PC today to start your path to U.S. citizenship with a team that cares about your success.


What is naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which a non-U.S. citizen voluntarily becomes an American citizen.

Who is eligible for naturalization?

Generally, lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders) at least 18 years old, with a certain period of continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S., and who meet other criteria like good moral character.

How long does the naturalization process take?

Processing times vary but generally range from several months to over a year.

Do I need to take an English and civics test?

Yes, most applicants must pass English and U.S. history and government (civics) tests.

Can I apply for naturalization if I have a criminal record?

It depends on the nature and severity of the crimes. Certain offenses may disqualify you, but it’s best to consult with an immigration attorney.

What happens if my naturalization application is denied?

You can typically appeal the decision or reapply, depending on the reason for denial.

These are general guidelines, and specific cases may vary. It’s often beneficial to consult with a naturalization lawyer for personalized advice.