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US Citizenship (Naturalization)

US Citizenship (Naturalization)

As a lawful permanent resident, you may be eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization after meeting certain requirements.

To be eligible for naturalization, you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Have been a lawful permanent resident of the United States for at least five years (or three years if you obtained your green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen).
  3. Have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years (or three years if you obtained your green card through marriage to a U.S. citizen).
  4. Have been physically present in the United States for at least half of the five-year (or three-year) period immediately preceding your application.
  5. Be able to speak, read, and write basic English.
  6. Pass a civics test on U.S. history and government.
  7. Be a person of good moral character.

As a part of the application process, you will need to provide evidence of your eligibility and meet other requirements. You do not need a sponsor to apply for naturalization, and the LAWCADDY process makes preparing for and submitting the application simple.



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Why apply for US Citizenship?

The naturalization process typically involves the following steps: Filing the Application for Naturalization:
  1. The applicant must file the Application for Naturalization, with USCIS and pay the required fee.
  2. Biometrics Appointment: The applicant must attend a biometrics appointment to provide fingerprints and photographs.
  3. Naturalization Interview: The applicant must attend an interview with a USCIS officer to review the application and test the applicant’s knowledge of English and U.S. civics.
  4. Oath Ceremony: If the naturalization application is approved, the applicant will attend an oath ceremony and receive a Certificate of Naturalization.
Why Apply for US Citizenship: There are several reasons why someone may choose to apply for U.S. citizenship through naturalization:
  • Voting Rights: U.S. citizens have the right to vote in federal and state elections, and can participate in shaping the future of the country by voting for their preferred candidates.
  • Travel Benefits: U.S. citizens can travel freely in and out of the United States without a visa, and have the ability to obtain a U.S. passport for international travel.
  • Employment Opportunities: Some jobs and positions require U.S. citizenship, and being a U.S. citizen can increase job opportunities in certain fields.
  • Family Reunification: As a U.S. citizen, you may be able to sponsor family members for immigration to the United States, which can help reunite families who have been separated.
  • Political Participation: U.S. citizens have the ability to run for public office, serve on a jury, and participate in other civic activities that are not available to permanent residents.
  • Protection from Deportation: U.S. citizens cannot be deported from the United States, while permanent residents can lose their status and be deported if they commit certain crimes or violate immigration laws.
  • Sense of Belonging: For many immigrants, becoming a U.S. citizen represents a sense of belonging and a commitment to the values of the United States.
  • It is important to note that the decision to apply for U.S. citizenship is a personal one, and each individual should consider their own circumstances and goals before beginning the naturalization process.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does the Naturalization process take?

    The naturalization process can take several months to complete, and the processing time can vary depending on various factors such as the volume of applications received by USCIS, the complexity of the case, and the workload of the USCIS office. As of March 2023, the current estimated processing time for naturalization is 10 to 12 months from the time of filing the application for naturalization to the time of the naturalization interview. However, the actual processing time can be longer or shorter than the estimated time depending on the specific circumstances of each case. It is important to note that the naturalization process can be complex and requires careful attention to detail. If you have questions or need guidance, a Consultation with our Attorney On-Call can help you to ensure that you are on the right track and all L

    What fees are associated with the Application for Naturalization?

    As of March 2023, the fees associated with the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) are as follows: Application Fee: $725. This fee is required for processing the application. Biometric Services Fee: $85. This fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and photographs at the biometrics appointment. The total fee for the Application for Naturalization is $810. However, some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver or a reduced fee based on their income or other factors. To apply for a fee waiver or a reduced fee, the applicant must file Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee, along with the Form N-400 application. It is important to note that USCIS fees are subject to change, and it is recommended to check the USCIS website for the most up-to-date fee information before submitting an application.

    What documents do I need to provide with my naturalization application?

    You will need to provide various documents to support your naturalization application, including your green card, identification documents, and evidence of your residency and physical presence in the United States.

    Will I lose my current citizenship if I become a U.S. citizen?

    The United States allows dual citizenship, so you can retain your current citizenship while also becoming a U.S. citizen.

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