How to Guide to Naturalization
Assuming you’re like the rest of the world – you probably have very strong feelings about the US. A large number of individuals across the globe still dream of becoming US Citizens; yet don’t have any idea how to make that dream a reality. Precious few come to the realization that not only is it doable, but it’s much easier than they’ve been led to believe. With the help of our immigration lawyers, what has been such an ordeal for so many can be not only a streamlined experience but a pleasant one. Contact our office and allow us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to plot the course to your future success and happiness.
To clear up any confusion surrounding the issue: permanent residence is a precursor to citizenship; they are not the same thing. With that in mind: it is difficult if not impossible to become a US Citizen without first having permanent resident status. If you are not yet a permanent resident, contact ourimmigration lawyer from our full-service immigration law firm and allow us to get to work on getting you a green card! Our firm is filled with experts who thrive on helping our clients get what they need, so help us thrive!
Generally, to be eligible for naturalization (the application process to become a US citizen), one must meet the following criteria:
- Eighteen years of age or older
- Have permanent resident status for at least five years (there are exceptions to this rule that we will discuss later)
- Have a good moral character
- Have a basic knowledge of the United States’ history and its government
- Be physically present and reside in the US for a substantial period of time
- Have a basic knowledge of the English knowledge and be able to read, write, and speak it. Exceptions to this rule are made for individuals of advanced age with significant periods of permanent resident status and individuals with severe permanent physical and/or mental impairments. Contact our firm and speak with an immigration lawyer to learn if you qualify!
I’m sure you have questions after reading the list above since “good moral character,” and a few other items seem to be a bit ambiguous in terms of determining who qualifies and who doesn’t. Well, the simple answer is that USCIS determines who qualifies based off of a few questions and short tests. All in all, it’s nothing to be concerned about, but any of our immigration lawyers could assist you in preparing and would be happy to put your mind at ease.
Other instances in which one may qualify for naturalization are when you are at least 18 years of age and have been a permanent resident:
- For at least three years having been married to a US Citizen for that entire time
- For at least three years having self-petitioned for permanent residency through VAWA
- While serving honorably in the US military with at least one full year of service and the petition for naturalization is filed while serving or within six months of discharge
Speak with our full-service immigration law firm for a case review with an immigration lawyer today.