Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization is the legal process through which an immigrant can become a United States Citizen. The citizenship brings immense benefits for the successful applicant. After attaining the US citizenship, the candidate becomes eligible to apply for federal jobs which are only available to the U.S. citizens. Not only this, he can travel across with U.S. passport, can also vote in U.S. elections. He also becomes eligible to file a petition for his family to help them immigrate to U.S.

To be naturalized, a person must:

  • Have resided in the US for five years or have been married for three years to a US citizen.
  • Have a good moral character.
  • Have spent at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately in U.S. before filing the application.
  • Be capable to write, read and speak in English Language.
  • Swear on oath of allegiance to the US and agree to uphold the US constitution.

The Procedure to be followed to apply for naturalization

  • The applicant has to fill the USCIS Form N-400 application.
  • He has to submit two photographs, required fee, a copy of permanent resident card and other necessary documents.
  • USCIS sends notice for biometrics appointment.
  • Then comes the interview stage where the application is reviewed and the applicant has to take a pledge after demonstrating his knowledge for US English and history.
  • Eventually, a ceremony is held to hand over the naturalization certificate to the successful applicants.

The role of attorney

The role of attorney in all this process is very crucial. Laws keep evolving and every new law comes out to be a bit more rigid and has to be followed. In order to get successfully naturalized in the United States, one needs to maintain integrity of the rules and steps followed in the process. Though the applicant can apply for the same by himself but hiring an immigration lawyer who can guide him through each step of the process and help him file the necessary and correct paperwork becomes mandatory. Call us today to help us file your naturalization application.

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