Naturalization and U.S. Citizenship: The Essential Legal Guide. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center continues to write and publish the most accessible comprehensive guide on citizenship and the naturalization laws and process in the country. This indispensable guide thoroughly addresses the entire process of representing a naturalization applicant from the initial client meeting through the oath of allegiance.
Included in this guide are sample forms, Immigration Service memos, practice guides, and many other critical tools for both private attorneys and practitioners working with community-based organizations. This edition contains a detailed explanation of the nuances involved in determining whether a naturalization applicant has sufficient good moral character to qualify for naturalization, a clear and complete description of the myriad of ways in which an absence could affect one’s naturalization application, and an explanation of the newest N-400 form and how to best complete it. The practitioner will learn detailed eligibility requirements for naturalization and helpful suggestions on both procedural issues and effectively working with naturalization clients.
We cover what to do if a naturalization application is denied and how to determine if a client may already be a U.S. citizen through either acquisition or derivation of citizenship. This guide has the most user-friendly and up-to-date group of charts on how to determine if someone gained U.S. citizenship through acquisition or derivation of citizenship in existence. We also included valuable information on how to help applicants with disabilities apply for naturalization.
One of the strengths of this resource is that it is very easy to read and understand for lawyers, community advocates, paralegals, community and labor organizers, and teachers. With dozens of examples demonstrating the legal concepts and thousands of citations to the law, regulations, and court cases, the reader will be thoroughly prepared to do the legal research necessary to successfully support their clients in applying for and winning naturalization.
New in this Edition
- Completely updated analysis of the risks and benefits of applying for naturalization
- Discussion of USCIS Policy Manual updates, including provisions for conditional residents, military family members, and certain children
- A section devoted to the impact of criminal conduct and convictions on naturalization eligibility, with expanded discussion of the criminal bars to good moral character
- Updated overview of de-naturalization and applicants in removal proceedings