Many people in the United States in permanent resident status want to find out more about becoming U.S. Citizens. It is important to get in touch with a skilled immigration lawyer to discuss the citizenship process. When this opportunity does arise, it is wise to fully consider the benefits and obligations of U.S. citizenship with an immigration lawyer before proceeding. As St Louis citizenship attorney can explain, 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

Naturalization Process in St Louis

The opportunity and process for becoming a United States citizen are straightforward. For most permanent residents, if you have held and maintained resident status for five years, you may apply to naturalize.

As a St. Louis immigration attorney could explain, 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 and your St Louis citizenship lawyer would follow the basic citizenship application 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. For instance, applicants must speak, write, and read basic English. Applicants must also know the basics of U. S. history and government. Through careful planning and strategy, applicants can be ready to excel in this important part of the interview process.

Contact Our St Louis Citizenship Lawyers Today

Oftentimes, permanent residents are reluctant to start the naturalization process, especially if they do not have a lawyer.  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 seek legal advice. Also, you must develop and follow a comprehensive strategy with a lawyer in the area to successfully move through the naturalization process. The St Louis citizenship attorneys at Hacking Immigration Law, LLC, can help you with this process.

The Nargis E. Ragab Scholarship

The Nargis E. Ragab Scholarship for First-Generation Immigrants and the Children of First Generation Immigrants will award one student $1,500 to be used towards reaching their educational goals. If you are a first generation immigrant or the child of first generation immigrants, we would like to hear your story. Please visit our scholarship page for additional information about eligibility requirements and the application process.

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