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Although the application process for naturalization in San Diego may seem intimidating, there are many benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen. Therefore, it is generally advisable for those who are eligible for naturalization to undergo this process and reap the rewards for themselves and their families.

Fortunately, help is available for this complex yet rewarding journey. The legal team at Hacking Immigration Law, LLC has played a vital role in helping immigrants complete their applications for visas, citizenship and other immigration matters. Our attorneys could help you with your application for citizenship and prepare you for the process ahead.

The Steps Toward Naturalization

The process of obtaining U.S. citizenship through naturalization in San Diego occurs through various steps that must be completed in a specific order. These steps are:

  • Determination eligibility for naturalization
  • Completing the application form and submitting all necessary documentation
  • Completing the interview
  • Reviewing the results
  • Taking and fulfilling the oath

The length of time it takes to complete these steps varies depending on the circumstances and location of the applicant.

Determining Eligibility for Citizenship

The factors that determine eligibility for naturalization can vary, but there are some general requirements that apply in most cases. An applicant must generally have been a lawful permanent resident (LPR) for at least five years and have lived in their current district or state for at least three months.

To succeed in the naturalization process, an applicant in San Diego must also have a good understanding of U.S. civics, including knowledge of U.S. history and how the government operates. Additionally, the applicant must be able to read, write and speak basic English. Depending on circumstances, certain requirements may be waived. For instance, those seeking naturalization based on military service may be exempt from some residency requirements.

Because the eligibility requirements vary based on the circumstances involved, it can be helpful to seek guidance an immigration attorney to determine whether an applicant is eligible and which procedures apply to the particular circumstances.

Completing the Naturalization Application and Interview Process

Eligible applicants for citizenship must fill out a Form N-400, "Application for Naturalization." Applicants may also need to collect proper documentation and information about the applicant's biometrics to verify identification. The form and any requested supporting information is submitted to USCIS for review. After a naturalization application has been reviewed, USCIS schedules an interview with the applicant.

The applicant must report to the location specified at the proper time with necessary documentation and the interview notice. During the interview, the applicant must demonstrate an understanding of U.S. history and government, as well as the English language. It is important to answer questions honestly because citizenship obtained by fraudulent means can provide grounds for deportation.

Receiving the Results

In San Diego, the final step in the process for naturalization is receiving a written notice of the results. If the applicant is deemed eligible, the application will be approved and if not, the application will be denied. In some cases, however, the application is not approved or denied but continued. This enables an applicant to provide any missing information, clarify any confusion, or retake the language or civics exam if the applicant did not pass on the first attempt.

When a citizenship application is approved, the applicant may be able to participate in a ceremony that day or they may receive notice to attend at a future date. Applicants do not become U.S. citizens until the naturalization ceremony where they take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States and turn in their "green cards." After taking the oath, they receive a Certificate of Naturalization.

A San Diego Attorney Could Help with the Process for Naturalization

To learn more about the application process for naturalization in San Diego or the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship, consult an experienced attorney from our office. We could prepare you for this process and collect any necessary documentation. Additionally, if any obstacles arise during this process our team could handle them and work hard to help you achieve your goal of citizenship.

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The attorneys at the Hacking Immigration Law are dedicated to helping the foreign-born people of St. Louis to live and work in the United States. This dedication is reflected in the kind and grateful words of the clients they have helped. Read what others have to say about the hard work that the Hacking Immigration Law has done to help those in St. Louis.

Does paying for premium processing on an H1B case mean I will find out sooner if our case was selected in the lottery?

Premium processing is an add-on service that USCIS offers for a variety of immigration cases, primarily in the employment-based visa categories.Premium processing costs an additional $1225 in USCIS filing fees.

What is the H-1B visa lottery and how does it work?

In 2014, USCIS received more than 172,000 H-1B visa applications on the April 1st deadline, exceeding Congress’s cap by 87,000 applications.

Can an Unmarried Son or Daughter of a Lawful Permanent Resident Keep Their F2B Visa Classification After Their Sponsoring Parent Naturalizes?

The immigration laws treat the adult, unmarried children of citizens differently than the adult, unmarried children of lawful permanent residents.

What is the "newspaper of general circulation" for PERM job postings?

The Department of Labor requires employers to advertise positions that they intend to submit a PERM application on to publish the job position in the local newspaper of general circulation.

Can I Apply for Citizenship with an Expired Green Card?

In the past, USCIS and some immigration attorneys believed that you could not become a naturalized citizen if you did not have a valid green card (LPR) card to bring with you to your naturalization interview.

Is there such a thing as expedited removal of an immigrant and, if so, what is it?

Most people believe that removal orders or “deportation” orders only happen when you go to the immigration court and see an immigration judge. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Does testing positive for HIV make someone inadmissible to the United States?

On January 4, 2010, the United States officially removed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection from the list of “communicable diseases of public health significance” that make an individual ineligible for admission to the United States.

Are there any special visas for translators who assisted US forces in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Under United States immigration law, there are two Special Immigrant Visas available for Iraqi citizens or nationals who have worked for the United States.