CITIZENSHIP AND NATURALIZATION
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Citizenship and Naturalization
Our country has been built on the contributions of talented and hardworking immigrants to our economy. If you would like to make a new life for yourself as a citizen of the United States of America, hire a citizenship and naturalization attorney or citizenship and naturalization lawyer from our ranks at Sadri Immigration Law. A good immigration lawyer can help you with every step of the citizenship process so that you can make the transition from green card holder to citizen as seamlessly as possible. Experts in immigration law will know all of the ins and outs of the citizenship process and can help you with any issues or challenges that may arise.
Requirements for Naturalization
The most direct method for becoming a U.S. citizen is through naturalization. Legal permanent residents of the United States can apply for naturalization if they have held a permanent place of residence in the United States for at least five years. However, if an applicant is legally married to a U.S. citizen, they are eligible to apply for citizenship through naturalization after only three years of residence in the United States. Keep in mind that this condition only applies to immigrants who are currently married to U.S. citizens. If you have been divorced, separated from, or widowed, you will not be eligible for the benefits of applying for citizenship through marriage. Also, if you have served at least one year of military service in the U.S. Armed Forces, you will be eligible for naturalization if you apply within six months of being honorably discharged.
Applicants must also provide evidence that they were physically present in the United States for at least two and a half years. They must also be of good moral character. In addition to these requirements, applicants for naturalization must also be 18 years of age or older and they must possess a good grasp of the English language and a basic knowledge of American government and history. You can start the naturalization process by filling out the N-400 application from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Other Methods for Obtaining Citizenship
If you have a child who is due to be born within the United States or one of the U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands, that child will be automatically granted citizenship at birth. Furthermore, a child can also acquire citizenship through acquisition if one or both of their parents are U.S. citizens. This can happen at birth or after birth before the child reaches the age of 18. If your child desires to gain citizenship through acquisition, you will have to fill out Form N-600, the Application for Certificate of Citizenship.
Citizenship can also be acquired through derivation if a parent who is a legal permanent resident becomes a naturalized citizen. If a child is a green card holder and is residing with a parent who naturalizes, they may be eligible for citizenship through derivation without undergoing the same process as naturalization.
Citizenship through acquisition and derivation can become surprisingly complex to navigate because immigration laws only apply to you if they were already in effect when you were born or when your parent was naturalized. A citizenship lawyer can help you determine which laws apply to you and which of them can help ease your process for acquiring citizenship.
Sadri Law Is Ready to Assist You
Naturalization may be different from a trial or hearing, but hiring a legal expert will help save you time and stress as you navigate the complexities of immigration law. An immigration lawyer will help you organize all of the necessary documents you will need to claim exemptions or establish your eligibility for citizenship. Furthermore, an attorney can help you avoid all of the costly mistakes that many applicants make when petitioning for their citizenship.
Sadri Immigration Law caters to immigrants seeking citizenship in San Jose, San Francisco, or the Bay Area. If you are ready to take the next step in your immigration journey, contact us today, and we’ll do everything we can to ensure you can successfully join the millions of immigrants who have become a part of the United States of America.