Family Based Immigration Attorneys

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney

When you become a U.S. citizen, you gain the right to vote, protection from deportation for yourself and your children, the ability to help bring your family together, as well as many other benefits. However, this process takes time, patience, and an understanding of the various steps involved. An attorney can help you navigate the process of naturalization with more ease – making sure you meet the requirements and deadlines and are prepared for any issues that may arise. At Family Visa, our U.S. citizenship lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients with all types of family immigration matters – especially the process of naturalization, which we know can be monumental for you and your family. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you through the naturalization process.

What Is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process of a lawful, permanent resident becoming a U.S. citizen – after they have met certain requirements.

Who Can Apply for Naturalization?

Before applying for naturalization, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • You must be 18 years old or older at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • You must have a green card.
  • You must show that you have been living in the United States continuously for at least five years.
  • You must show that you have been physically present in the United States for 30 months.
  • You must show that you have lived for at least three months in the state or USCIS district you call home.

What Does the Naturalization Process Look Like?

  1. Determine if you meet the qualifications to apply for naturalization.
  2. Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
    a. You will need supporting documents to show that you are eligible for naturalization.
    b. You will also need two passport-style photos taken if you live abroad.
  3. Attend the biometrics appointment.
    a. You will need to have your fingerprints and photographs taken for required background checks.
    b. This needs to happen before USCIS will schedule an interview.
  4. Complete the interview.
    a. You will meet with an officer with USCIS, and answer questions about your Form N-400.
    b. You will take the English and civics tests, unless exempt.
  5. Receive a decision from USCIS.
    a. You will find out if your Form N-400 was granted approval or denied.
  6. Take the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen.
    a. Complete the questionnaire Form N-445, Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony.
    b. Turn in your Permanent Resident Card.
    c. Receive your Certificate of Naturalization.

Why You Should Consider U.S. Citizenship

When you become a U.S. citizen, you gain new rights and responsibilities – a voice in how the nation is governed. Citizens of the United States have the right to vote, travel with a U.S. passport, and get assistance from the government if they need it while abroad. They also are able to bring in members of the family to the country through sponsorship, apply for certain federal jobs, become elected officials, and of course: keep their residency without fear of it being taken away.

Contact Family Visa Today

Starting the process of naturalization is a big decision and requires you to complete a lot of steps. Let Family Visa be a part of your U.S. citizenship journey and bring you peace of mind. Contact our naturalization attorneys today to learn more and get started.