Becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization can be a long and complex process. The process involves several steps, including meeting the eligibility requirements, completing the application forms, attending interviews, and passing the citizenship exam. It’s always a good idea to seek the guidance of an experienced immigration attorney to ensure that the process runs smoothly. This post will discuss the requirements and process for naturalization and how a green card attorney can assist you.
Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization
To be eligible for naturalization, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the application
- You must be a legal permanent resident (green card holder) for at least five years, or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen
- You must have continuously resided in the United States for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen) prior to the date of filing the application
- You must have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months (or 18 months if married to a U.S. citizen) out of the five years preceding the application date
- You must be able to read, write, and speak basic English
- You must have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government
- You must be a person of good moral character
The naturalization process involves the following steps:
- File Form N-400. The first step in the naturalization process is to file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This form is available on the USCIS website, and it must be completed and submitted along with the required documentation and fees.
- Biometrics appointment. After USCIS receives your application, you will be scheduled for a biometrics appointment. During this appointment, your fingerprints and photograph will be taken for security and identification purposes.
- Interview. Once USCIS reviews your application and supporting documentation, you will be scheduled for an interview with an immigration officer. During the interview, you will be asked questions about your application and eligibility for naturalization.
- Citizenship exam. As part of the naturalization process, you will be required to take a citizenship exam. The exam consists of two parts: an English test and a civics test. The English test measures your ability to read, write, and speak English, while the civics test assesses your knowledge of U.S. history and government.
- Oath of Allegiance. After you pass the citizenship exam, you will be required to attend a ceremony where you will take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen.
How an Immigration Attorney Can Help
Navigating the naturalization process can be overwhelming, but an experienced immigration attorney can help you every step of the way. They can review your eligibility, help you complete the application forms, attend the interviews with you, and advise you on the best course of action.
The Help You Need
Becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization is a significant decision, and it requires a thorough understanding of the process and the eligibility requirements. If you are considering naturalization, it’s crucial to work with a green card attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure that your application is successful. Contact Tourzani & Long, LLC at (201) 987-0036 for a consultation and get started on your naturalization journey.
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