Naturalization and Citizenship in the United States
Immigration Law Attorneys in Carrollton
Naturalization is defined as a process that allows foreign-born individuals, who are eligible to obtain citizenship in the United States, to apply for and be granted United States citizenship. Upon obtaining citizenship, these individuals are granted the right to vote, the right to hold government jobs, the right to travel with an American passport, which provides entry without a visa into many countries, and various other American rights.
Who Is Eligible for obtaining Naturalization in the U.S.?
There are many general eligibility requirements a person must fulfill before they submit an application for naturalization. The applicant must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States for at least five years. The exception to this rule is if the person has been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years
- Have resided continuously in the United States for at least five years
- Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months of the five years
- Have lived for at least three months in the district in which they filed for naturalization
- Be a person of good moral character
- Demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking words in the English language
- Pass a test on U.S. history and government
- Be disposed toward the good order of the United States and its government, fundamentals and principles, and swear loyalty by taking an oath of allegiance
Some exceptions apply to these rules. Moreover, United States citizenship does not expire nor do citizenship documents have to be renewed at any time.
Under certain circumstances, minor children of U.S. naturalization applicants may also be immediately eligible and included in a naturalization application. Another key benefit of naturalization is that, once granted U.S. citizenship, an applicant has the ability to petition for other immediate family members to receive citizenship as well, and through a faster process.
Aside from any of the above requirements for eligibility, if you have a conviction that is considered deportable, and you apply for naturalization, not only will your naturalization application be denied, but you could also end up in deportation removal proceedings.
Why Work with a Citizenship and Naturalization Attorney?
Working with an experienced U.S. citizenship and naturalization attorney from Malik & Associates, PLLC can help ease the burden of preparing forms, gathering documentation, and applying for naturalization or citizenship.
Call our law office today at (214) 881-2100 to schedule a consultation.