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Citizenship & Naturalization

Becoming a U.S. Citizen grants you specific rights that you would otherwise lack as a legal permanent resident. U.S. Citizenship grants you the right to apply for federal jobs, the right to live abroad for as long as you want, the right for certain family members to legally immigrate to the United Citizenship & NaturalizationStates (such as parents and siblings, that you cannot petition for as a legal permanent resident), and, most importantly, the right to vote.

In addition, by becoming a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident protects himself or herself from the possibility of being deported.  For example, a legal permanent resident who commits certain crimes or resides abroad for periods of time in excess of six months may be put in proceedings to revoke permanent resident status.  A US citizen, on the other hand, cannot be deported from the United States.

The road to become a U.S. citizen can be a challenge to most immigrants due to complex and limiting laws. The Law Offices of Bernardo Merino can help you navigate the complex immigration system of becoming a United States citizen and determine whether you qualify or if there are any risks in submitting an application for naturalization. Contact our offices to schedule a consultation. We can review your case and give you an idea of what may be involved in the process, depending on your circumstances.

We are an experienced immigration law firm that can effectively seek solutions to potential barriers and problems. We believe in fully informing our clients about all of the solutions available while detailing and guiding you in a step by step process throughout your application for Naturalization.

Office Locations

San Francisco & San Jose, CA.

The Law Offices of Bernardo Merino counts with offices in the city of San Jose and San Francisco, CA. Our offices are easily accessible by public transportation or car (street and garage parking available in our immediate area).


Schedule by telephone.

Please call the San Francisco or San Jose office to schedule an in-person consultation with immigration attorney Bernardo Merino. Our friendly staff will quickly schedule an appointment that works with your busy schedule.

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San Jose Office

Address: 1550 The Alameda, Suite 302
San Jose, CA 95126
Office: (408)538-3888

San Francisco Office

Address: 1714 Stockton St, #200
San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
Office: (415)391-3001