NATURALIZATION – U. S. CITIZENSHIP
Lawful permanent residents (also known as Green Card holders) of the United States, who meet the eligibility requirements, can file form N-400 to request citizenship through the naturalization process.
U. S. Citizenship Eligibility Requirements:
To be able to apply for citizenship through naturalization, you have to meet the following requirements. You should:
- Be 18 years of age or above.
- A lawful permanent resident for 5 years (3 years if married to a U. S. citizen).
- Have maintained continuous residence during the past 5 years (3 years if married to a U. S. citizen).
- Have maintained physical presence during the past 5 years (3 years if married to a U. S. citizen).
- Have good moral character.
- Have basic knowledge of English
- Have basic knowledge of U. S. Government and History
- Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.
Citizenship Application Process: If you meet the citizenship eligibility requirements, we can file for you Form N-400, Application for U. S. Citizenship through naturalization with the USCIS. Once the processing begins you will receive an application receipt notice from the USCIS. This will be followed by an appointment scheduled by the USCIS for the applicant at your local Application Support Center (ASC). You will have to go to the ASC for biometric services. After completing the fingerprinting process, a standard background check will be conducted.
Next comes the scheduling for the citizenship test and interview. The citizenship test will be conducted by an immigration officer who will evaluate your knowledge of English, American History and Government. Once the test and interview are completed, you will be invited for the Citizenship Oath ceremony where the Oath of Allegiance will be taken. Once you take the oath, you become a full-fledged citizen of the United States.
Citizenship Benefits & Responsibilities: There are several benefits granted to those who become citizens of the United States through the naturalization process. The benefits are the same as those granted to U. S. citizens by birth:
- The Right to Vote: A Fundamental Right of a U.S. Citizen.
- A Chance to Reunite Families.
- A Way to Protect your Children’s Right to Remain in the U.S.
- Protection in Cases Involving Illegal Activity.
- International Travel Made Easier
Here at US-Immigration services we can assist you with your case.