Helping Immigrants along the Path to Citizenship

Trusted Tennessee lawyers assist you through the naturalization process

The choice to become a U.S. citizen is an important one. Once you have decided to pursue naturalization – and all of the benefits and responsibilities that come with being a U.S. citizen – you will have a lot to do to prepare. We can help you with that. Patrick Slaughter has helped people throughout Tennessee become U.S. citizens. We offer practical advice and counsel designed to assist you through the process while answering any questions you may have.

Congratulations on your decision to become a U.S. citizen! Let us help you start your new life on the right foot.

How the naturalization process works

The first thing to do on your path to citizenship is fill out the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. In order for your Form N-400 to be processed, you must fulfill the eligibility requirements. The USCIS provides this worksheet to help you determine whether you will be deemed eligible. Our firm can help you go through the worksheet before you apply, in case you have extenuating circumstances surrounding your case.

Once the Form N-400 has been filed, you can begin to prepare for your Naturalization Test.

What to expect for the citizenship tests

There are a number of tests you must take if you wish to become a U.S. citizen. They are difficult, but you can prepare for these tests with study guides, practice groups, or even flash cards. Before you can take the tests, however, you must interview with a person from the USCIS. They will ask you questions about your life here in America, review your documentation (like ID cards or reentry permits) and your application, and discuss your moral character. Once they determine that you are willing and able to take the oath to become a U.S. citizen, you will be given two tests:

  • The civics test may have questions about American history or the U.S. government. There are 100 questions on the test, but your interviewer will only ask you 10. You must answer six of those questions correctly in order to pass the civics exam. The USCIS supplies different types of free study guides to help you prepare.
  • The other exam you must pass is an English exam. You’ll be asked to prove that you can read and write one sentence in English. Your interview counts as the spoken portion of the exam. This test is designed to ensure that you can understand English speakers and be understood by them as well.

If all goes well, you may be allowed to take your oath the same day as your interview. If you cannot take it that day, you will be sent a notice letting you know the date and time you should return to take your oath.

When things do not go according to plan

In some cases, however, problems can arise that require additional steps on your behalf. We can help you if:

  • You are asked to return for a second interview
  • Your documentation and your application do not reflect the same information
  • You miss your interview time
  • Your application is denied, and you must file an appeal

The appeals process is complex, and should be handled by dedicated immigration attorneys. Immigrants whose applications for naturalization are denied could face removal if the problems aren’t fixed correctly and quickly. We can apprise you of your rights, and help you through the appeals process if necessary.

Helping Tennessee immigrants become U.S. citizens

The road to citizenship is exciting, and you probably have a lot of questions. We help immigrants throughout Tennessee through the naturalization process. If you’re ready to start this new journey, please call 865.272.4454 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment at our Knoxville office.