Applying for Citizenship in the United States
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Applying for Citizenship
Applying for citizenship in the United States is a significant step.
Citizenship offers a range of benefits, including the right to vote, the ability to travel with a U.S. passport, and the ability to sponsor family members for immigration to the United States, such as spouses, parents, children, and siblings.
To apply for citizenship, an individual must meet certain eligibility requirements:
- Age: The applicant must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the application.
- Legal permanent resident status: The applicant must have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen) and must have been physically present in the United States for at least half of that time.
- Good moral character: The applicant must have a good moral character, meaning that they have not committed any serious crimes or engaged in behavior that would reflect poorly on their character.
- Ability to speak, read, and write in English.
- Knowledge of U.S. history and government: The applicant must pass a civics test to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government.
To apply for citizenship, an individual must complete the following steps:
Before applying for citizenship, the applicant should ensure that they meet all eligibility requirements.
The applicant must complete the Application for Naturalization and submit it to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The form requires the applicant to provide biographical information, employment history, and other personal information.
Submit supporting documents
Along with the application, the applicant must submit supporting documents, including a copy of their green card, two passport-style photos, and any other documents requested by USCIS.
If any documents are not submitted with the application USCIS could request additional information or simply deny the application.
Attend biometrics appointment
USCIS will schedule a biometrics appointment for the applicant to have their fingerprints, photograph, and signature taken.
Attend an interview
USCIS will schedule an interview with the applicant to review their application and test their knowledge of U.S. history and government.
It is in your best interest to have an experienced immigration attorney attend the interview with you to ensure that it goes smoothly and fairly.
Receive a decision
USCIS will make a decision on the application and notify the applicant of the decision.
Take the Oath of Allegiance
If the application is approved, the applicant must attend a ceremony and take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen.
Working With an Experienced Immigration Attorney
Becoming a U.S. citizen is a significant step that requires careful consideration and preparation.
To ensure that the application is ultimately successful, you should consider hiring an immigration attorney who will carefully prepare your application, guide you through each step of the process, and attend your naturalization interview with USCIS.
Contact the immigration team at Sadek Law Offices today for a free case evaluation!