Lee & Garasia, LLC
  • Tel: 732-516-1717
  • Toll free: 888-404-5876
Experience, Accessibility, and Excellence for Over 20 Years
  • "Lee and Garasia are excellent lawyers, punctual and professional. They are dedicated to going above and beyond the usual level of service to meet your client's needs. Their staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and polite. I would highly... recommend this firm to anyone." Read More

  • "I would definitely recommend Mr.Lee and Garasia as an immigration attorney because they did a great job with my case i.e. of Adjustment of Status (i-485). Mr. Lee helped us in each and every detailed information and prepared to the best of it. It was all well done and would like to appreciate." Read More

  • "I would like to thank my lawyer Mr Lee & Garasia and the staff for all immense help and patience throughout this entire process, I really appreciate your constant attention to my case, as well to my questions and my concerns. You've really made this process much more comprehensive to me, which I greatly appreciate." Read More

  • "Mr. Lee and Ms. Garasia did a great job with my renewal of my permanent residence application. They help prepare the paperwork with such a great attention to details and accuracy. I will recommend the law firm every time." Read More

  • "Mr. Lee did a great job with the renewal of my permanent residence application. My case was very time sensitive and they worked really fast on my case with great detail and accuracy. I will recommend the law firm every time." Read More

  • "I would recommend Attorney Paris Lee for anybody who needs immigration consultation. Mr. Lee is THE lawyer who respects and cares clients. Mr. Lee is professional and honest. Bottom line, preparation for the results and NO BS!" Read More

  • "Stalin - Lee did a wonderful job, Got my wife her visa in one year. He is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend him for all your immigration needs." Read More

  • "Hello. I appoint him as my immigration lawyer and that way he solved my cases was truly amazing. He was so honest and knowledgeable for his work.He solved my all family immigration issues and because of his effort we were able to get done our immigration work done successful. Thank you lee and garasia." Read More

  • "Lee & Garasia stand for accountability and responsibility. They are reliable, honest and are always constructively looking for a solution. A big thanks :)" Read More

Do I have to take the Citizenship Test?

One of the more common misconceptions that we encounter during our daily practice revolves around naturalization and whether an applicant is required to take the test. There seems to be rumor especially among some of the ethnic communities in New Jersey that applicants who are older do not have to take the citizenship test. This is not true at all. The vast majority of applicants who apply to become naturalized as US citizens must take the American civics test, in addition to demonstrating an ability to speak, read, and write English. However, there is a limited exception: applicants who are at least 55 years old and who have been permanent residents for at least 15 years prior to applying, or applicants who are at least 50 years old with at least 20 years of permanent residence, are allowed to take the civics or history test in their native language. Moreover, USCIS will excuse these applicants from taking the reading and writing test. Be aware, however, that immigration officers, especially in Newark and Mount Laurel, New Jersey, apply the guidelines very strictly, and these requirements should be met before actually applying.

The English Waiver can be of enormous utility to those out there who meet or who are close to meeting the eligibility requirements if speaking or writing in English is a problem. Applicants, it is important to note, will still have to take the history test, but for those who are English-challenged or illiterate, they will have the option to hear and answer the questions in their own language. In a future blog, we will discuss the Medical Disability Exception, which does excuse the applicant from the test altogether but only under very strict and limited circumstances.

Lee and Garasia, LLC, is a law firm in Edison, New Jersey, representing clients throughout the state of New Jersey and nationwide for all immigration matters. For more information, please call 732-516-1717 or visit our website.


    • Avvo Rating 10.0 | Superb
    • Client Distinction Award | 2016 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
    • New Jersey State Bar Association | Paris Lee Chair - Immigration Section 2015-2016
    • Nationally Recognized | Newsweek Nationwide Showcase | Top Attorneys 2013
    • New Jersey Chapter | American Immigration Lawyers Association | Angie Garasia | Chapter Chair 2015-2016
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190 State Route 27
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