The U.S. has the 5th largest population of Spanish speakers in the world, and yet the Hispanic group is widely unrepresented in the legal system and even discriminated against for speaking Spanish.
If you’re applying for naturalization on behalf of a family member who does not speak English, hiring a Spanish-speaking lawyer can help you communicate all of the available options to the applicant so that nothing is lost in translation.
Working with a Spanish-speaking lawyer is the best way to ensure you’re understood and that your needs are being met, and it can also ensure that you get to benefit from all the help that is available to you. For example,
- if you have been in the United States with your green card for 20 years or more, and you’re over the age of 50 (the 50-20 exception), you can take the test in your native language.
- If you’ve had a green card for 15 years and are over the age of 55, you can also apply to take the test in your native language.
- Additionally, if you’re over 65, and you have your green card for 10 years, you can ask for a shortened test.
If there is a medical reason for why you cannot read or write, you can also apply for a physical exemption from a medical practitioner that outlines all of the reasons why you cannot write the test and submit this with your application.
At Waldron Law Firm, PLLC, we can help Spanish-speaking natives navigate the process of naturalization with ease. We’re familiar with all the exceptions and considerations given to Spanish-speaking applicants to make the process easier.