Citizenship and Naturalization
Obtaining citizenship in the United States is the ultimate goal and dream of most immigrants. The pathway to citizenship, however, is often a long, arduous process. If you are not a U.S. citizen by birth then you may be able to apply for U.S. Citizenship through the naturalization process. The eligibility requirements are as follows:
- You must be a permanent resident for at least five years. If you are married to a U.S. citizen then the requirement is three years
- You must have resided for at least three months in the state where the application is filed
- You must be physically present in the U.S. for at least one-half of the 5 years (or one-half of 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen)
- You must continuously reside in the United States from the date of filing your application for naturalization to admission to citizenship
- You must meet the good moral character requirements
- You must demonstrate the ability to read and write English and a basic knowledge of civics and U.S. history
Becoming a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process can have significant employment, tax and other benefits. U.S. citizens are allowed to vote, travel with flexibility, and take advantage of significant additional avenues to help family members immigrate to the United States.
We are committed to helping clients navigate through the application process and effectively preparing them for the naturalization interview.