Take the Final Step to Naturalize & Become a Citizen
Many people in the Unites States in permanent resident status want to find out more about becoming U.S. Citizens. When this opportunity does arise it is wise to fully consider the benefits and obligations of U.S. citizenship before proceeding. There are many benefits to being a citizen of the United States:
- Citizens are entitled to vote in local, state and federal government elections
- Citizens are entitled to travel inside and outside of the U.S. with no restriction on time spent outside of the U.S.
- Citizens are often entitled to more healthcare and benefits
- Crimes (other than fraud related to the naturalization process) cannot lead to a citizen being placed in removal (deportation) proceedings
- Citizens have expanded and streamlined opportunities to petition for immigration benefits for their relatives
The opportunity and process for becoming a citizen are straightforward. For most permanent residents, if you have held and maintained resident status for five years, you may apply to naturalize. If you gained your resident status through marriage to a U.S. citizen you are eligible after three years of resident status so long as you remain married to the U.S. citizen through whom you obtained your citizenship. If eligible, you would follow the basic process described below:
- Prepare and submit a naturalization application and submit it to Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Appear for an interview with an immigration officer during which you will review your case for citizenship, take a U.S. language and civics test, and be asked to swear allegiance to the U.S.
- Attend a ceremony during which you will again swear allegiance to the U.S. and be formally naturalized.
USCIS takes the language and civics test seriously and applicants must be prepared to pass these important steps in the process. Through careful planning and strategy, applicants can be ready to excel in this important part of the interview process
Oftentimes, permanent residents are reluctant to start the naturalization process. In addition to the requirement that any naturalization applicant be willing to swear allegiance to the U.S., the naturalization process includes a comprehensive background check and review of travel in and out of the United States.
In light of this process, you really need to develop and follow a comprehensive strategy for successfully moving through the naturalization process. The immigration attorneys at the Hacking Law Practice, LLC, can help you with this process.