US Naturalization is the process through which a national of a different country can obtain American citizenship.
Among the requirements to be able to apply for U.S. naturalization are:
However, determining your eligibility is not as simple as it sounds. Certain requirements may vary depending on your age, residence time, marital status, and whether you have served in the U.S. military or not.
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Continuous residence means that the applicant has been legally in the country for a certain period, usually 5 years. As a general rule, USCIS will consider that you have broken the continuous residence requirement for naturalization purposes if you stay abroad for over 6 months at a time.
Children born within the country (also applies to certain U.S. territories), or those whose parents were citizens at the time of their birth, even if born abroad, are considered citizens from the time of their birth. They do not need to go through any additional process to receive the rights and responsibilities of a U.S. citizen.
Nationals to whom the above does not apply, but meet the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), may obtain citizenship after birth through Naturalization.,/p>
Naturalized citizens share the same rights and responsibilities as natural-born citizens. They can:
If you meet the criteria established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act, you can file an Application for Naturalization (Form N-400) and pay the filing fee (unless exempt) to begin the process. You can do this either through the mail or online.
You will also need:
All data must be correct to avoid any complications. We strongly recommend that you seek the professional advice of a US immigration attorney to fill out this form.
The next step is to set up your biometrics appointment at your local USCIS field office. USCIS will take your fingerprints during the naturalization process to conduct a background check. The fingerprinting appointment usually takes place about a month after USCIS receives your U.S. citizenship application.
During this interview, a USCIS officer will verify that all the information on your application is correct. You will also be required to take the English and civics tests.
The English test will assess your proficiency in both spoken and written English. The civics test consists of questions about history and how the government works.
If you pass the interview and exam, the USCIS officer will approve your application at the end of the interview. In some cases, USCIS may ask you for additional documentation or schedule a second interview.
If you do not pass, USCIS will send you a denial letter explaining why. You may appeal their decision within 30 days of receiving the letter.
Once your naturalization application is approved, you will attend an Oath of Allegiance ceremony. After completing this step, you will receive your Certificate of Naturalization.
Spouses of United States citizens may be eligible for naturalization based on their marriage under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), including overseas processing.
Usually, spouses of U.S. citizens are required to meet the general naturalization requirements, but other provisions apply, such as:
If you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen and want to start the naturalization process, contact our highly experience US Naturalization lawyers today!
Our team of attorneys, including Frank Symphorien-Saavdera who is certified as an expert in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar, is ready to guide you through the entire naturalization process. Call us today at 407-802-1717, or fill out the online form provided on this page and we will contact you shortly.