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Helping Clients Obtain U.S. Citizenship

new united states citizen holding passportCitizenship is a dream for many foreign nationals who live and work in this country. Fortunately, a process called naturalization has been established to help these individuals achieve their goal.

If you are someone who wishes to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, Galaviz Law Firm, PLLC can help make this process less stressful and less subject to denials or delays through competent legal action.

In order to achieve citizenship, you will have to meet all requirements and submit documentation that is accurate and thorough. To smooth the way, it is critical that you have the assistance of a lawyer experienced in family immigration law who thoroughly understands all facets of the naturalization process. Our firm can provide the guidance and counsel needed throughout all steps on the road to citizenship.

Contact our Houston citizenship lawyer for help in pursuing your dream of U.S. citizenship at (713) 597-5642.

How Does the Naturalization Process Work?

Naturalization is achieved when individuals born in foreign countries become U.S. citizens by completing all requirements under immigration law.

How Long Does the Naturalization Process Take?

From the time you first get your green card, obtaining U.S. citizenship can take between six months to a year. The naturalization process can be difficult to navigate without a skilled citizenship attorney in Houston, and applicants must pass several stages including an interview and a citizenship test.

What Are the Requirements for Citizenship?

Requirements for citizenship or naturalization include (but may not be limited to) the following:

  • Maintaining a permanent residency in this country for the last five years; in some cases, this may be three years
  • Living in the state where the citizenship application is submitted for at least three months
  • Not traveling outside the U.S. in trips lasting six months or more within the last five years; in some cases, this may be three years
  • Having maintained a good moral character; not having been convicted of certain crimes, such as those considered to be of “moral turpitude”
  • Able to speak, read, and write basic English
  • Have a basic understanding of U.S. government and history
  • Understand and agree with the U.S. Constitution

Other requirements that are part of the citizenship process include the submission of documents, such as special immigration forms, photos, and copies of personal documents such as marriage certificates and green cards, as well as being interviewed by a USCIS official, having fingerprints taken, and more.

Our Houston citizenship attorney can give you the assistance needed to meet all of these requirements and will ensure that your citizenship application is completed professionally.

What Are the Most Common Reasons for Citizenship Denial?

Some individuals may be denied naturalization for any of the following reasons:

  • If you have a criminal record
  • If you haven’t been in the United States long enough to qualify as a “continuous resident”
  • If you have not been paying required child support or alimony
  • If you committed fraud on your citizenship application
  • If you have failed to pay taxes
  • If you failed to register for selective service in the United States military
  • If you didn’t pass your English or Civics tests

No matter why your citizenship request was denied, our team of naturalization attorneys can help you navigate the citizenship process and fight to get you U.S. citizenship.

Why Retain a Lawyer for Citizenship?

A lawyer is not required for competing Form N-400 and applying for naturalization. However, a citizenship lawyer in Houston will have the knowledge and experience needed to help ensure you fill out your application completely and accurately. Additionally, a naturalization lawyer can help you prepare for your citizenship interview for your best chance of success.

Get the legal advice and support you need to achieve your citizenship dreams. Call our Houston citizenship lawyer at (713) 597-5642 or contact us online.

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    Abraham J Galaviz

    Founding Attorney

    Abraham is very passionate about his work. He empathizes with Clients because he knows that his parents once traveled the same road his clients are now traveling. The people he helps all have a story behind them. He knows that his clients want the opportunity to work and have a better future. 


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  • Thanks Galaviz you beat the case!

    “This is a young honest lawyer that won’t hesitate to go above and beyond. The reason I’m saying this is because, I went to other lawyer agency’s and they told me my case would be difficult, expensive ...”

    - Leo G.
  • We guarantee you; you hire Galaviz, he will have your best interest at heart.

    “My husband is a UNITED STATE NATURALIZED CITIZEN and Galaviz is to thank for his honesty, hard work, and patience.”

    - Marivel H.
  • Mr. Galaviz gave me the hope I lacked at times and thanks to all his hard work and dedication my husband is now home with us.

    “He answered all my questions and was honest with me.”

    - Christin K.
  • Thanks to Mr.Galaviz, our family is complete again!

    “Thanks to Mr.Galaviz, our family is complete again!”

    - Cindy M.
  • Thank again for helping my mother get her residency.

    “What can I say such an amazing lawyer!”

    - Ericka H.

The Results that Matter

  • Charge Reduced Released on Bond

    Judge grants a reasonable bond after proving client was not subject to mandatory detention for previous criminal history.

  • Charge Reduced Removal Defense / Adjustment of Status

    Case terminated and Lawful Permanent Resident status granted for the wife of U.S. Combat Veteran.

  • Case Dismissed Arrested for Possession of Marijuana

    Arrested for possession of 1,300 pounds of marijuana and in danger of deportation.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Possession of 862 Pounds of Marijuana.

    Client was arrested and convicted of Possession of more than 800 pounds of Marijuana in the Rio Grand Valley, and sentenced to several years in State Jail.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Medicaid Fraud - Loss was more than $10,000

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because she had previously been convicted of Medicaid Fraud – more than $10,000, which is an aggravated felony.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Status Won Alien in Possession of Firearm - Aggravated Felony

    Client was arrested and charged in Federal Court for the offense of Alien in Possession of a Firearm – an Aggravated Felony for immigration purposes.

  • Lawful Permanent Resident Keeps Green Card Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer

    Immigration Officials placed Client in removal proceedings because of a previous conviction for – Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Police Officer.

  • Charges Dismissed Client Released from Custody Practice Area Removal Defense / Immigration Detention

    Accused with 3 DWI charges and in danger of being deported after being a permanent resident for 34 years.

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Having parents who have gone through the immigration process, has not only allowed us to be more compassionate and understanding but has also given us a more competitive advantage. Our success rate speaks for itself. We're here to help you.