Citizenship / Waivers


Unless you are born as a U.S. citizen, the most successful route to become a U.S. citizen is the process of naturalization. Naturalization is the process of applying for, being eligible for, and being granted citizenship in the U.S. To qualify for naturalization, individuals must be a lawful permanent resident, be physically present in the U.S. for at least five years, and be able to meet certain application criteria. 


Waivers are a complex area of immigration law. Waivers are also called “requests for forgiveness.” These documents are a way of asking the U.S. government to forgive a past indiscretion, such as fraud or misrepresentation, criminal history, or previously denied waivers. Obtaining a waiver is difficult, and it is best to move through this process with the help of an experienced immigration attorney.