Often, especially among people who have had their residency for many years, people will ask why they should bother studying, taking a test, and spending extra money on naturalizing when they have been just fine as a legal permanent resident. There are a myriad of reasons, but here are the highlights:
1. For Life: Once you become a citizen, unless it is discovered you became one through fraud, you will be a citizen for life.
2. Voting: You become eligible to vote in all state and federal elections you qualify for.
3. Removal: As a citizen, you cannot be removed or deported from the United States.
4. Criminal Issues: Residents who commit crimes can be removed from the United States. Citizens cannot be put into these removal proceedings.
There are many, many more. Schedule a consultation to find out all the ways becoming a citizen through naturalization could benefit you!
After meeting with us, we will work with you to collect all of the important information for your application. While we do this, we will work on completing your application and ensuring any issues that arise are taken care of quickly. Once your application is submitted to USCIS, we will wait for your immigration interview to be scheduled. During this time, you will receive study materials to ensure you are prepared for the civics test. You will be given your civics test at your interview, and once everything is approved, you will be scheduled for an oath taking ceremony. Once the oath taking ceremony is complete, you will receive your certificate of naturalization, and officially be a citizen of the United States!
Naturalization is the term used when a current resident of the United States wants to become a citizen, with all of the rights and responsibilities that entails. Once a person's citizenship application has been approved and they have taken the oath, they are said to have "naturalized" and receive a certificate of naturalization as proof of their new status as a Citizen of the United States.
Typically, a person must have been a current permanent resident of the United States for 3 to 5 years to be eligible to naturalize. They must also have lived in the United States at least 6+ months out of every year. Critically, they must not have any pending criminal issues, even speeding tickets! There's a lot more to the process than this of course, but these are the most common issues we run into. Talk to an attorney to get specific information about your situation.
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