GET YOUR UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP
The process for obtaining US citizenship is constantly changing. The requirements, times and scenarios conform to the immigration laws and regulations of the United States.
If you or a loved one is seeking to obtain American citizenship, it is important that you seek legal advice from a professional on the subject, who will help you understand each step of the process and achieve the ultimate goal, to be an American citizen.
WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS TO BECOME A CITIZEN?
The naturalization process is the common scenario by which a lawful permanent resident can become a citizen.
The applicant can apply individually or by marriage to a US citizen.
In the first scenario, if the applicant is not married to a US citizen, they are eligible to apply for citizenship after five years of legal permanent residence.
Based on marriage to a US citizen, if the applicant has been a legal permanent resident for three years and has married and remained married to a US citizen for the past three years, they are eligible to apply for citizenship.
Generally, the process takes approximately six months, as long as you meet certain general requirements:
- Being over 18 years
- Be a Green Card holder for at least five years (immediately prior to the date of presentation)
- Have lived for at least 3 months within the USCIS state or district with jurisdiction over the place of residence
- Have continuous residence in the United States
- Be able to read, write and speak English
- Have knowledge and understanding of United States history and government
Check the exceptions with a citizenship attorney if you have been a lawful permanent resident for more than 5 years or if you are over 50 years of age.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS I GET AS A CITIZEN?
Among the main benefits are:
- The right to vote.
- Possibility of emigrating relatives to the United States.
- Eligibility for federal jobs.
- Opportunity to run for elective office in which citizenship is required.
- Exclusive state and federal benefits for citizens.
- Participation in a jury.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF HIRING A CITIZENSHIP ATTORNEY?
Our immigration lawyers have extensive experience representing people who want to become US citizens. As it is a complex process, the best decision you can make in this regard is to have the support and guidance of a citizenship lawyer who will accompany you and advise you throughout the process.
First, you will need to complete the N-400 form as an application for citizenship, as well as the biometric test.
Within the application, you must also send:
- Passport-style photograph.
- Copy of marriage certificate (in case of applying on the basis of marriage).
- Copy of Green Card (both sides).
- There are other documents for special cases, which your lawyer will share if necessary.
Typically, the applicant receives a letter from USCIS one month after submitting their completed application. Said letter includes the date and time that the applicant must appear for fingerprinting. Subsequently, you will receive a different letter with detailed information for your interview, English test, civic education and, therefore, obtain a citizenship decision.
Your lawyer will indicate all the necessary documentation to take for the interview, from the green card, official identification, passport, records, tax returns, among other documents.
HOW DOES THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WORK?
If everything progresses in order and in a positive way, the last step will be to present the oath of allegiance. The applicant will receive by mail the time and date of the ceremony. With this oath, the applicant officially becomes a US citizen. The certificate of naturalization will be issued and this will function as proof of American citizenship.
Contact our team of immigration lawyers, and request to speak with a citizenship lawyer to evaluate your case and start the process. Our commitment is to your peace of mind at all times.