Naturalization

Becoming a United States citizen can often be a lengthy and difficult process. Among the many benefits of naturalizing and becoming a U.S. citizen, one of the most important is that as a citizen you cannot be deported. This protection is significant because of the numerous grounds of removable which are available to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement to remove (deport) non-citizens of the U.S. Many of the laws for removal are retroactive such that a criminal conviction, no matter how long ago it occurred, can be used to remove a non-citizen.

When you are applying for naturalization, a skilled and experienced attorney can help you avoid an unnecessary rejection of your application. At the Law Offices of Victor M. Castro, we can help you through every step of the naturalization process, including:

  • Answering questions of the application for naturalization (Form N-400);
  • Documenting your whereabouts during the required 3- or 5-year United States residency requirement time period;
  • Preparing to answer questions on the naturalization test;
  • Explaining the effects of marriage on your citizenship application;
  • Explaining the effects of any criminal record that you may have on your naturalization application; and
  • Explaining the background process conducted by the FBI before approving you as a candidate for United States citizenship.

K Visas, Fiancé(e) and K-3

The K-1 nonimmigrant visa category permits the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen petitioner to enter the United States for a 90-day period to marry the petitioner and apply for permanent residence. Since it facilitates the entry of an intending immigrant, K visa processing is similar to immigrant visa processing.

The K-3 visa category, established in the LIFE Act of December 21, 2000, allows the spouse of a U.S. citizen who is the beneficiary of a pending I-130 visa petition to be admitted initially as a nonimmigrant and adjust to immigrant status later while in the United States. It also allows the child of a K-3 who is accompanying or following-to-join a K-3 principal alien to be admitted as a K-4 derivative.

At Law Offices of Victor M. Castro, we emphasis communication with our clients and prompt service to avoid any delays in the consular processing process. Our goal is to make the experience as convenient and quick as possible for our clients. Most potential problems arise at the consular interview. Due to our years of experience we are able to identify and address potential problems, both hidden and apparent, long before the interview. We prepare all documents, from the initial I-129 to the Embassy forms for the interview, with detailed instructions throughout each step of the process.