The Pathway To U.S. Citizenship
For most foreign-born adults, the only path to U.S. citizenship is by first acquiring a green card and then going through the naturalization process. The naturalization process can be long and difficult, but with the guidance of an experienced attorney from the law offices of John W. Lawit, you can reach the goal of citizenship with a minimum of stress and worry.
The Benefits Of Attaining U.S. Citizenship
American citizenship grants a number of rights not afforded to green card holders. These include the right to vote and the consent to acquire a U.S. passport. Unlike a green card, a U.S. passport allows you to travel outside the U.S. for an unlimited number of days with no re-entry permit. Citizenship also allows you to petition for your spouse, parents and unmarried children under the age of 21 to immigrate through a faster petition process. And unless you committed fraud during the naturalization process or in acquiring your green card, you cannot be deported as a U.S. citizen.
Qualifying For Naturalization
Listed below are the main eligibility requirements to apply for naturalization. While there are a few limited exemptions based on employment, health and age, most people will need to meet these requirements before filing Form N-400 to apply for citizenship:
- Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
- On the day the application is submitted, applicant must have owned a green card and had continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years.
- On the day the application is submitted, applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months of the last five years.
- Applicant must have lived at the address listed in Form N-400 for at least three months prior to the date of the application submission.
- Applicant must maintain a continuous residence within the U.S. from the date the application is submitted until the naturalization process is completed.
- Applicant must be able to read, write and speak English.
- Applicant must show knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and how the U.S. government functions.
- Applicant must be of good moral character.
Applying for citizenship can be a difficult and time-consuming task. We can help you identify and ensure required documents are completed accurately and submitted to the proper authorities.