Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization is the process whereby a lawful permanent resident who has resided in the U.S. for five (5) or three (3) years in the case of marriage to a U.S. citizen, applies for citizenship.

Many legal residents still do not wish to apply for citizenship even though they are eligible. Those permanent residents who have not yet applied for citizenship even though eligible, should carefully consider that in the U.S. today under the Trump Administration, loss of their permanent residency and removal from the U.S. is much easier and much more likely to occur than ever before. Therefore, if you are a permanent resident, it is imperative that you consult with competent immigration and criminal defense attorneys to discuss your individual case in order to determine if you are deportable or eligible to Naturalize.

In addition to the residency requirements, there is also the critical requirement that a lawful permanent resident seeking to become a U.S. citizen must demonstrate good moral character. In the case of a resident immigrant with prior criminal conviction(s), establishing good moral character can be difficult. Our law office provides specialized legal analysis and services for those lawful permanent residents (LPRs) seeking Post Conviction Relief (PCR) which will eliminate our clients’ criminal convictions so that they are no longer deportable and can become LPRs and U.S. citizens. We file motions in the criminal courts to vacate, modify and eliminate those prior conviction(s) so they no longer can be used by the Immigration Service (USCIS) to deny their naturalization on lack of good moral character grounds.

Please contact us so that we may assist you in reviewing your case and determining what are your best legal options that you have available.


E-mail: Stephen Eckdish, Esq. – seckdish@sfatty.com
Benjamin Hall, Esq.  – bhall@sfatty.com

649 Mission Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 776-1633
Facsimile: (415) 974-6745
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