What is Naturalization? Congress established the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) which set the requirements that a foreign citizen or national is required to meet before he or she may become a U.S. Citizen. Once the requirements have been met, the US government may grant the foreign citizen or national U.S. Citizenship. To know what and how to meet the requirements set forth by congress, it is often a good idea to seek the advice of an Immigration Attorney.
The process of naturalization includes various applications and interviews with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, also known as USCIS. There are requirements that are to be met in order to be eligible to obtain naturalization within the U.S., these include:
· Be a lawful permanent resident of the US for at least five years
· Be physically present in the US for at least 30 months
· Be of legal age at the time of filing an application (18 years of age)
· Be of good moral character
· Be able to read, write, and speak basic English
· Have basic knowledge of United States history
· Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance
Once it is verified that you are eligible for naturalization, you will need to complete an Application for Naturalization. You will then need to complete the interview process with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Finally, you will need to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
There are various study materials and resources readily available for applicants to utilize in order to prepare themselves for the two required tests. Applicants are required to complete and pass two different tests, a civics test, and an English test. The civics test is an oral exam that tests the applicant of the government and basic history of the U.S. The English test is a test that demonstrates the applicants ability to read, write, and speak basic English.
If you are unable to pass either the civics or English tests, you are granted two attempts total. However, you must between 60 and 90 days from your first interview date before being able to retake the portion of the test that you had failed, whether that be for the civics or English portions of the tests.
· Benefits of Naturalization
o You will receive benefits only available for citizens (for example, Medicare)
o You will be able to apply for green card holder status for relatives
o You cannot be deported back to your initial country of citizenship
o You are able to run for office in the U.S.
o You are able to vote in both local and federal elections
o Your children will be considered U.S. citizens, even if they are born outside of the United States
o You will be able to obtain various federal benefits that are only available for citizens
The naturalization process can be lengthy and complicated, contact Ramona Kennedy for proper guidance on how to obtain United States citizenship. If you or a loved one are seeking citizenship status, contact attorney Ramona Kennedy Law Offices (Kennedy Law LC) for an initial consultation and case evaluation. The first consultation is free of charge. Contact our office today via:
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