Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

Becoming a U.S. Citizen

If you meet certain requirements, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Our experienced immigration attorney will help you determine your eligibility and guide you through the naturalization process.

Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

In general, you may qualify for naturalization if you are 18 years old or older, have been a lawful permanent resident for the required period (at least 3 or 5 years depending of your situation) and if you meet all other eligibility requirements.

Some of the other eligibility requirements are:

  • Continuous residence in the U.S. for the required period
  • Physical presence in the U.S. for the required period
  • Residing within the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction for the required period
  • Good moral character
  • Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
  • Ability to read, write, and speak and understand English
  • Having a good knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government

Becoming a U.S. Citizen will give you the ability to:

  • Vote in federal elections
  • Travel with a U.S. passport
  • Run for elective office where citizenship is required
  • Participate on a jury
  • Become eligible for federal and certain law enforcement jobs
  • Obtain certain state and federal benefits not available to noncitizens
  • Obtain citizenship for your minor children born abroad
  • Expand and expedite your ability to bring family members to the United States

Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important decision that an immigrant can take. It is important to talk to an immigration and naturalization attorney to understand if you meet the requirement for U.S. citizenship and the understand the rights and privileges that come with U.S. citizenship. Our office will guide you through every step of the process.

The Naturalization Test

One part of the naturalization process is the naturalization test that takes place during the naturalization interview. Many clients are worried about not being able to pass the test because they do not speak English or because they have difficulties retaining information. Depending of your situation you may be exempt from taking the test or you may be eligible to request an accommodation.

Our office will determine if you qualify for an exemption or accommodation and will file the necessary waiver. If you do not qualify for a waiver, our team will make sure that you have all the tools to prepare for the test.

Criminal Issues – Good Moral Character

One of the requirements for naturalization is good moral character. Certain types of criminal conduct automatically preclude applicants from establishing good moral character and can even make the applicant subject to removal.

If you have had any encounter with the criminal justice system, it is recommended to get the opinion of an immigration and naturalization attorney before applying for naturalization. Our attorney is well versed in criminal law and will be able to assess whether your situation rises to the level of precluding you from establishing good moral character.

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