After successfully immigrating to the United States and residing there for a certain period, you may begin to wonder if you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen.
There are many benefits to becoming a citizen of the United States, and these include:
- Applying for certain jobs that are only eligible for U.S. citizens
- Traveling with a U.S. passport and enjoying the security that brings
- Having children that will be U.S. citizens
- Voting and participating in government
The good news is that you can become a U.S. citizen even if you were not born there by going through the naturalization process. The best way to ensure you take all the necessary steps to apply successfully is to get in touch with an immigration lawyer in San Antonia, Texas.
A legal representative is necessary because they can ensure you file your application correctly the first time so there are no unwarranted delays in you receiving your citizenship. They can also make sure you do not leave out any important details, so your application is not refused.
Under what circumstances can I become a citizen of the United States?
Many individuals dream of becoming citizens of the U.S. If you are born in the United States, you automatically have birthright citizenship. However, if you have immigrated to the U.S. you have to go through the naturalization process first.
To be eligible for the naturalization process, you need to be:
- A legal permanent resident for at least five years
- At least 18 years of age (unless you are an adopted child)
- Present in the United States physically for at least 30 months in the last 5 years
If you meet these requirements you have to fill out an application-complete with photographs and fingerprints-undergo an interview, demonstrate you are fluent in English and take the oath of allegiance to the United States. Furthermore, you will be required to give a test regarding U.S. politics and history to show your dedication and understanding of the country you wish to become a citizen of.
You also need to make sure you remain in the United States during the entire application process for your application to be eligible.
The whole application can be very intimidating as every detail will be taken into consideration when deciding whether you should be granted citizenship or not. It is integral that you make sure you do everything correctly the first time, so you are not unnecessarily prevented from getting your citizenship status.
Get in touch with an immigration lawyer at the law office of J. Joseph Cohen today to determine your eligibility for citizenship and to begin the application process as soon as possible.
You can reach us at:
206 East Locust Street
San Antonio, TX 78212
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