The Immigrant Legal Resource Center continues to write and publish the most accessible and comprehensive guide on citizenship and naturalization 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, practice guides and tips, and many other critical tools for both private attorneys and practitioners working with community-based organizations. 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.
This edition includes:
- Detailed explanation of the nuances involved in determining whether a naturalization applicant has sufficient good moral character to qualify for naturalization;
- Clear and complete description of the various ways in which an absence could affect one’s naturalization application;
- Explanation of the newest N-400 form and how to best complete it;
- Detailed eligibility requirements for naturalization and helpful suggestions on both procedural issues and how to effectively work with naturalization clients;
- Discussion of what to do if a naturalization application is denied;
- How to determine if a client may already be a U.S. citizen through either acquisition or derivation of citizenship; and
- The most user-friendly and up-to-date charts on how to determine if someone gained U.S. citizenship through acquisition or derivation of citizenship.
New in this Edition
- Discussion of new USCIS policy manual sections on extreme vetting and abandonment;
- Updated information on military naturalization eligibility;
- Discussion of new USCIS policy manual sections on good moral character adjudications;
- Updated charts on acquisition and derivation of citizenship requirements;
- Updated case law throughout; and
- New examples, sample forms, and resources.