Although having a green card as a lawful permanent resident allows you to live and work in the U.S., the benefits of becoming a citizen inspire many to go through the naturalization process.
The process for naturalization in St. Louis can be complicated, but if taken one step at a time and with sufficient preparation, the outcome can be successful. Additionally, our team of dedicated attorneys is here to help you every step of the way, so if you come across an obstacle during this process, we could help you through it.
Before the process of applying for naturalization can begin in St. Louis, the applicant must take steps to determine their eligibility. For many adults, to be eligible for citizenship through naturalization they must have had lawful permanent resident status for at least five years and lived in their current state of residence for at least three months. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, those applying for naturalization based on military service may have different eligibility requirements. Additionally, applicants must be able to speak, read and write basic English and must understand the basics of U.S. history and government.
Once an applicant has determined their eligibility, the next step is to fill out the Application for Naturalization, Form N-400. In addition to completing the form, the applicant also must compile necessary documentation and have biometrics taken, if that requirement has not already been fulfilled. Our team in St. Louis could help with the collection of any necessary documentation as well as the completion of this form during the process of naturalization.
After proper completion of this form, the applicant should receive notice of an interview. It is important to attend in the place and at the time required, bringing both the interview notice and necessary documentation. It is also important to answer all questions honestly and clearly. The interview establishes an applicant’s suitability to become a U.S. citizen, including understanding of the language, history, and governing procedures of the U.S.
After the interview, USCIS will issue a written notice of the results of the application for citizenship. The USCIS may either approve the application if the applicant has demonstrated eligibility, continue the application if additional evidence is needed, or deny it if the evidence shows that the applicant is not eligible.
If an application is approved immediately after the interview, in some cases the applicant may be able to take the Oath of Allegiance that same day. If that is not possible, USCIS will send the applicant a notice with the date, time, and location of the naturalization ceremony to which they have been assigned. The final steps of the process for naturalization in St. Louis is the Oath of Allegiance. At the naturalization ceremony, applicants turn in their green cards, take the oath, and receive their certificates of citizenship. After that, the new U.S. citizens share an obligation with all other U.S. citizens to fulfill their civic duties.
For more information about the process for naturalization in St. Louis or the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens, contact our team today. The attorneys at Hacking Law Practice have helped hundreds of immigrants met their goal of becoming a citizenship. We hope to help you reach this goal as well.