Are you eligible to become a naturalized United States citizen?

On Behalf of | Jan 20, 2023 | Immigration Law |

Legally entering the United States is only the first step in the complicated immigration process. It can take several attempts to secure a visa to enter the country, especially if you depend on a popular work visa program that distributes visas based on a lottery system. Getting a visa is only the beginning. You may eventually need to adjust your status to become a permanent resident. Eventually, you may qualify for naturalized citizenship.

Becoming a citizen is the main objective of many immigrants, and it may become a goal for you when you recognize the benefits that come from citizenship. Whether you want to run for political office, vote in an election or help your parents retire in the United States, you need to become a citizen to enjoy those specific privileges.

When do you qualify to become a naturalized United States citizen?

After a lengthy stay in the country

Typically, you need to become a permanent resident or green card holder for years before you can become a naturalized citizen. While there are some exceptions, those applying for naturalization on their own behalf must be legal adults. They will need to live in the United States for three or possibly five years before applying, and they cannot leave the country for at least six months before seeking naturalization.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will look at your time in the United States along with the paperwork that you submit when evaluating your naturalization application. They will perform a background check. You will then have to attend an interview.

The interview process intimidates many people, in no small part because it requires that someone pass a test an English language and another test on United States Civics. Thankfully, the USCIS does provide study resources for those who intend to become citizens.

Proper help improves your chances of success

Partnering with an immigration attorney will make it much easier for you to handle the complex process of naturalization. Your lawyer can help you avoid mistakes on your paperwork and can also evaluate your current circumstances to help you determine your likelihood of success. They can also play a key role if you face challenges, such as questions about whether or not a criminal conviction might affect your naturalization request.

Moving forward with the naturalization process can be the final step in your immigration journey or the first step in a journey for members of your family.

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