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When an immigrant becomes a United States citizen, he/she is granted all the same rights and freedoms of a person who was born in this country. This means gaining the right to vote, travel overseas without the risk of losing citizenship, and petition family members to come live in the United States. In addition, new citizens will be able to obtain government and tax benefits. However, obtaining U.S. citizenship is not an easy task, which is why having an experienced immigration attorney is important to get the best possible outcome.
If you want to become a U.S. citizen, let Diamondback Legal guide you through the complexities of the legal process. Our Phoenix citizenship attorney can make sure you qualify, prepare all the necessary paperwork, and protect your rights and best interests until you become a newfound citizen. Do not hesitate to let us help achieve the American dream immediately.
The Naturalization Process
There are several ways a person can obtain United States citizenship: being more in the country, being born in another country to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen, automatic acquisition of U.S. citizenship after birth, or through the naturalization process – which allows immigrants to become a U.S. citizen. Before you can file for naturalization, you need to be a permanent legal resident (green card holder) for between three to five years.
To start the legal process, you must first file a Form-400 with your local USCIS office and sent it along with a copy of your green card, passport-style pictures, and application fee. After a few months or so, you will be scheduled to have your fingerprints taken and an interview appointment with a USCIS officer.
If you don’t pass the first interview, you may request a results sheet from the USCIS officer. Furthermore, officer will provide a “Form N-14″ that lists any required documents you did not bring. You may schedule another interview within 90 days.
If you pass the interview, your “swearing-in” ceremony will be scheduled. Once you are sworn in, you are officially a U.S. citizen.
The following are the eligibility requirements of naturalization:
- At least 18 years of age
- Been a green card holder for at least five years
- Been a green card holder and married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years
- Physically present in the country on a consistent basis
- Live in the state where you plan on filing your naturalization application for at least three months
- Be in person good moral character
- Able to pass an English test and U.S. history test (with some exceptions)