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What is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process in which a foreign national can gain U.S. citizenship. Obtaining citizenship can be a complicated process when done alone. It can be time-consuming if you do not have a full understanding of the law. Instead, reach out to immigration lawyers in Dallas backed by years of experience. We can help explain the difference between naturalization and citizenship, and answer any questions you may have.
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Why Become a Citizen?
If you are a permanent resident, your green card may be renewed many times, ensuring you stay in the country. However, have you considered applying for U.S. citizenship? Doing so offers more advantages compared to those with permanent resident status.
Below are top reasons why people choose to become citizens:
- Protection from deportation
- Freedom to travel for extended periods of time
- You may have a US passport, which means you may be supported by US Embassies or Consulates if you need help.
- Ability to sponsor other family members or green cards
- Eligibility for federal employment or benefits
- Ability to vote
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Do I Qualify for Naturalization?
Before you submit any forms, you must first determine if you are eligible to apply.
To qualify for naturalization:
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- You must have been a Permanent Resident for at least 5 years without leaving the country for longer than 6 months OR
- If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you must have lived in the U.S. for at least 3 years without leaving the country for trips longer than 6 months.
- You must demonstrate good moral character (having certain criminal convictions of a serious crime may disqualify you)
- You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. There are some exceptions to this because of age or mental condition.
- You must be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamentals of U.S. history or certain principles of U.S. government. Applicants may also be exempt if they are mentally or physically impaired and it affects their way of understanding or learning these topics.
How to Get Citizenship
In order to get citizenship, you must go through the naturalization process. If you meet the requirements above, you must complete an application, attend an interview, and pass an English, and civics test. In some cases, there are some exceptions to these steps.
The naturalization process:
- If you are eligible for naturalization, you may complete Form N-400 to apply. Attach two passport-style photos.
- You will need to be fingerprinted and be subjected to a criminal background investigation.
- USCIS will arrange an interview, here you will be asked to answer questions about your application and take an English and civics test. The test results will be provided on the same day or you may be asked to provide additional documentation.
If your application is approved, you can proceed with the oath ceremony and will receive your Certificate of Naturalization. You must declare your willingness to defend the U.S. Constitution during the oath of allegiance. If your application is denied, you have a chance to appeal the decision by filing Form N-336 (Request for a Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings).
How Long Does Naturalization Take?
In regard to the processing time for Form N-400, it may take a little more than 8 months to complete, however, the rest of the steps to naturalization will take longer. On average, the entire naturalization process takes about 12 - 17 months.
The naturalization process and timelines:
Form N-400 processing: an average of 8 months
Attend the biometrics appointment: 5 - 8 weeks after filing Form N-400
Receive appointment notice for naturalization interview: 5 - 9 months after filing
Attend the citizenship interview and exam: 7 - 11 months after filing. If the USCIS officer cannot make a decision right away, they may request additional information or a second interview. This may delay your process.
Receive Notice of Oath Ceremony: 1 - 4 weeks after the interview
Attend the Oath of Allegiance Ceremony: 8 - 12 months after filing.
Speak With a Citizenship Attorney in Dallas Today!
An immigration attorney from Akula & Associates can help you determine your qualifications and navigate the naturalization process with you. We offer full-scope representation, from application preparation to interview assistance. We are based in Dallas, TX but serve clients worldwide.
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