How can an attorney help with citizenship?
You do not have to have an attorney to apply for U.S. citizenship. However, there are several ways an attorney can help you successfully navigate the process.
You may receive offers of help from many sources, but only attorneys and EOIR-accredited representatives have the authorization to provide legal advice regarding your naturalization application.
Ways an attorney can help you gain citizenship
You can choose to file the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services forms yourself; however, an attorney may be useful. An attorney can help you fill out your application forms and meet the eligibility requirements. If there are any issues with your application, an attorney should be able to spot them before you start the application process and help you fix them before they become a problem. This may save you money because USCIS will not refund your filing fee if they deny your application.
An attorney can speed up the process by explaining how to apply and helping you avoid mistakes that could delay your application. Your attorney will also deal with USCIS on your behalf. Additionally, your attorney can attend your citizenship interview to speak on your behalf and collect information that you may need if USCIS denies your application.
Deciding whether you need an attorney
The decision about hiring an attorney comes down to how much help you think you need and which risks you are willing to take. Mistakes on your application can delay your citizenship, cost you money or result in USCIS denying your application. Having an attorney by your side can provide peace of mind.