Should I apply for US citizenship through a lawyer?

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Should I apply for US citizenship through a lawyer?

I have been a green card holder for 8 years and looking to becoming a US citizen. I had a domestic dispute just after I got my green card for which arrest was made; felony charges were filedbut later dropped to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace. I completed 1 year of probation and records were expunged shortly after. No other issues on record since. Should I use a lawyer to file for US Citizenship?? Can I fill in the form myself and mail?? What is the risk?

Asked on February 8, 2012 under Immigration Law, California

Answers:

Harun Kazmi / Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

We recommned reviewing any naturalizations with criminal histories to review their case with an attorney. Many discricts have different policies and requests for specific documents regarding arrests and/or probations.

SB, Member, California / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It would be wise for you to at least consult with an immigration attorney who is familiar with the criminal issues on your file so that he/she can advise you on the issues you might be facing in filing for naturalization.  Even if you ultimately choose to file the petition on your own, it is advisable to discuss your situation with an attorney beforehand.


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