However, despite all the ceremonies and celebrations we, at Schonberg & Timerman, P.L., know that so many more Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are eligible to benefit from the privilege of becoming U.S. Citizens.
The Department of Homeland Security released statistics in 2012 reflecting that more than 13 million LPRs live in the United States. However, although eligible, 8.8 million LPRs have not applied for naturalization.
So, why haven’t more eligible LPRs become citizens? In most cases, financial and language barriers are the major challenges for eligible LPRs. Although most LPRs want to naturalize, the filing fees and legal costs of the application are usually a big burden on working families. In many instances, more than one member of the family is eligible for naturalization at the same time, so putting the money aside can be very challenging. Thus, the fees coupled with language proficiency standards, are the main reason that prevent millions of immigrants from accessing the benefits of citizenship.
This is disappointing considering all the benefits of citizenship including voting rights, and family unification opportunities along with demonstrated increase in individual earnings.
Thus, if you are an eligible LPR who believe qualify for naturalization, please, contact our office at 965-843-3494 to discuss how we can help to achieve your dream of becoming a United States citizen.