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Do you need help understanding how to achieve United States citizenship? The path to citizenship for foreign-born nationals is through naturalization, which is a complex legal process overseen by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In order to be naturalized, you will need to follow the many steps laid out by USCIS, which involve submitting an application to the U.S. government.
At Colón Law Firm, our citizenship lawyer can explain the process, answer your questions, and address your concerns. We can ensure your application is handled professionally and will give you the guidance needed to get through the naturalization process. Since we focus exclusively on immigration law, we are well-versed in what is required, the procedure involved, and how best to present your case.
Naturalization Vs Citizenship
Naturalization is the process in which a non-citizen of the United States becomes a citizen. Citizenship simple refers to the state of being a citizen of a particular country. Once an immigrant has gone through the complete naturalization process, they will have full citizenship of the United States.
Naturalization Eligibility and Rights
Those who are eligible to become citizens through the naturalization process include:
- Permanent residents who have lived in the U.S. for a minimum of five years
- Permanent residents who are married to a U.S. citizen and have lived in the U.S. for at least three years
- Individuals with qualifying U.S. armed forces service records
- Children of U.S. citizens born outside the U.S.
Additionally, you must have lived in the United States for a minimum of six months out of the last five (or three) years that you were a permanent resident, and you must have no criminal history during those five (or three) years of residency.
The Legal Process to Obtain Citizenship
- Ensure you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen
- File your application for naturalization ( form N-400)
- If applicable, go to your biometrics appointment
- Complete your interview with USCIS
- Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States
Why Become a Citizen?
Once you are naturalized as a United States citizen, you will enjoy the same rights and responsibilities as those born here. Your citizenship will be permanent, which means you cannot be deported. Citizenship offers a peace of mind unobtainable with a visa or Green Card. In comparison, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) work and pay taxes, but it does not have the same benefits as having citizenship.
Below are the top advantages of become a citizen:
Protection from deportation.
You can file petitions to reunite with family members.
Freedom to travel.
If you have children who are under 18 that are lawful permanent residents, they become U.S. citizens automatically when parents naturalize.
You can vote.
You will be eligible to work government jobs.
Let Colón Law Firm Provide the Experienced Legal Help You Need
Working with an experienced attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your citizenship submission. Our citizenship attorney has provided legal support to countless individuals in Greer and throughout South Carolina. We look forward to helping you, too.