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If you want to become a citizen of the United States, you must meet certain basic criteria. Retaining the services of an experienced West Palm Beach naturalization lawyer can help you determine whether you are eligible for citizenship and can allow the process to go much more smoothly. This can provide you with much-needed peace of mind when beginning the process of becoming a U.S. citizen.

Requirements for Naturalization

To become a naturalized citizen of the U.S., you generally must have five years of continuous legal residence in this country. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, that time may be reduced to three years. You will be required to take a test on general civics and basic English to ensure that you understand the form of government and the legal system in place in the United States. Successful applicants for naturalization must maintain a clean criminal record throughout their stay in the U.S. A background check will also be conducted to determine whether you pose any risk to the security of the United States.

The Application for Naturalization

Form N-400 is the application used to begin the process of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. It must be filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Children and spouses of U.S. citizens and members and former members of the U.S. military are often eligible for faster processing and preferential treatment of their application for naturalization.

Pozo Goldstein can help you manage the naturalization process and can provide you with expert guidance and support on your journey toward citizenship. By working with our West Palm Beach naturalization lawyers, you can be sure of the best representation and the most positive results for your application. Call us today to discuss your case with one of our team. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.