Naturalization is the legal process taken by immigrants who wish to become full-time citizens of a country. In the United States, the naturalization process is administered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a branch of the Homeland Security Department.
Since the citizenship and naturalization process is overseen by a government bureaucracy, every step must be clearly defined so that any immigrant seeking naturalization will receive uniform treatment. Unfortunately, applying a uniform system to the unique circumstances of the individual can cause difficulties.
As citizenship and naturalization lawyers, we are advocates for our clients, making sure that their voices are heard. We educate our clients so that they can make informed choices. Our team of citizenship and naturalization attorneys guides hopeful citizens through the paperwork so that a deserving applicant is not turned away because of a misunderstanding.
Legal Criteria for Naturalization
Several criteria must be met before an immigrant can apply for naturalization. Some requirements may be altered by specific circumstances. We can advise you in the matter of exceptions to the general criteria.
- Age: 18 years or older
- Residence: 5 years or longer as a Permanent Resident
- Language: Proficient in the English language
- Knowledge: general knowledge of US history and government
- Character: demonstrate good moral character
The language and knowledge criteria are subject to testing. Once all of the criteria are met, an immigrant can apply for naturalization. If granted, the applicant takes an oath of allegiance and becomes the newest citizen of the United States of America.
Normally, the official road to citizenship is slow but straightforward. However, exceptions and special circumstances can make attaining citizenship more time-consuming or more difficult. Our citizenship and naturalization lawyers can help you become an American citizen. We have the experience to handle all facets of immigration law, including citizenship for family members and employment based residency petitions.
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