Citizenship and Naturalization
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Our naturalization lawyer can help you to obtain U.S. citizenship. We can walk you through the journey of becoming a U.S. citizen from the application through the Interview.
How to become a U.S. citizen?
There are a few ways to acquire U.S. citizenship, and one of them is by birth. Individuals who were born in the U.S. or certain incorporated territories under U.S. jurisdiction are considered U.S. citizens by birth. Citizenship can be obtained through parents if one or both parents were U.S. citizens at the time of birth. Also, U.S. citizenship can be acquired through a process called naturalization.
What Are the U.S. Citizenship Requirements?
A person can become a U.S. citizen through Naturalizations if all the requirements below are met:
- Must be18 years or older
- Must be a permanent resident
- Must continuously reside and be physically present in the U.S for 5 years subsequently to permanent resident status, or 3 years if married to the U.S. citizen, and parties have been living in a marital union for 3 years
- Must be a person of a good moral character
- Must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the English Language, U.S. Government, and History. This includes passing a naturalization test, study materials can be found at https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/find-study-materials-and-resources/citizenship-multilingual-resources
- Must swear allegiance to the U.S.
Step By Step Process to Become a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization
Step 1. Application. You must submit an Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) along with supporting documents, (including, but not limited to: a permanent resident card, a Marriage Certificate if obtaining citizenship through the marriage with the U.S. Citizen, a Birth Certificate, a History of your residence and employment for past five years, Two U.S. passport-style photos (2 inches by 2 inches), etc.)
Step 2. Attend Biometrics Appointment
Step 3. Attend an Interview where the USCIS officer will determine if the applicant meets all requirements listed above.
Step 4. Publicly Swear Allegiance to the U.S.
What are the Benefits of U.S. Citizenship?
- Ability to Vote in U.S. elections
- Ability to reunite with family members who live abroad
- Freedom to travel to 185 countries around the world
- Protection from Deportation
- Apply for governmental jobs
- Eligibility to receive federal and state benefits is not available for legal permanent residents.