We were hired by a gentleman from who resided in Broward County, Florida. He had applied for naturalization previously but had never received a final resolution due to an FBI hit that showed he had an arrest in New York in the 90s. My client was certain he was never arrested in New York and didn’t know where to turn.
We began his representation by filing an inquiry pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as well as run an FBI background check under his name. We discovered that his previous application for citizenship was denied since he did not provide the documents from the alleged New York arrest. Because we have an office in Manhattan, we were able to immediately petition the local court in New York for any documents regarding our client’s alleged arrest. We were able to obtain a certified document from New York that cleared our client from any alleged arrests and stating that his background was clear. We filed for his naturalization again and brought this certified document to the interview.
Passed citizenship exam. Received US citizenship