Immigrants can become United States citizens through the process of naturalization. In order to qualify for naturalization, an applicant must file a petition and provide proof that they have lawfully and permanently resided in the United States with a green card for at least five years. If they are married to a U.S. citizen, this requirement can be reduced to three years. One could also supply proof that a parent is a U.S. citizen, or they may be qualified by certain kinds of military service.
To be eligible, one must also:
Typically, an applicant must either fill out the N-600 form (for those whose parents are U.S. citizens) or the N-400 form through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This must be submitted along with a copy of your green card, photos, and an application fee. Once this is received, an interview is arranged in order to test the applicant’s ability to speak English, their knowledge of U.S. civics and history, and their willingness to uphold U.S. law. Satisfactory completion of this interview will grant access to an oath ceremony where a certificate of naturalization is bestowed, and the path to citizenship is completed.
In 2010, the Department of Homeland Security denied nearly 57,000 petitions for naturalization. If you are seeking citizenship, don’t run the risk of having your application denied – contact a lawyer from Pozo Goldstein, LLP to increase your chances of success. Our team of lawyers can help guide you through the process of naturalization and ensure that every detail is taken care of so that you have the best possible chance of getting your petition approved.
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