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Obtaining citizenship through naturalization can be a complicated process. And simply put, it is a process in which a non-citizen voluntarily becomes a citizen of the United States. It also offers new US citizens the opportunity to show their loyalty to the United States and be entitled to its protection, as well as to exercise their rights, such as voting in political elections and serving on a jury.
If an individual does not obtain US citizenship by birth or descent, that person can achieve it through naturalization, which involves meeting certain criteria of language, good moral character, and residency through a specialized legal process. In order to become a naturalized citizen, all foreign nationals must be lawful permanent residents for a period of five years (three years if the spouse of a US citizen). In addition, during this time, he or she must be present in this country for a minimum of fifty percent of the time. Applicants must also be at least eighteen years old to apply for citizenship.
Hiring an immigration attorney with years of experience to help and advise you on her new journey to becoming a new US citizen is very important. Since there are several requirements for US citizenship, your immigration attorney may be your best asset, and an invaluable resource.
You need to meet the following requirements to qualify for US citizenship.
You must be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years. If your card has expired, it must be renewed before applying for naturalization.
You must be at least 18 years of age or older at the time of submission.
You must be able to read, write, and speak basic English (unless you qualify for an age or disability-related exception).
Must be a person of good moral standing, among other criteria.
While all of this may seem excessive, it is what is required if you want to be part of the millions of people who are naturalized citizens of the United States of America. This process will not seem so difficult if you have an experienced immigration attorney to handle your case from start to finish. Finally, it might be interesting to know some of the benefits citizenship can offer you in this country. A US citizen will have the opportunity to enjoy many privileges and rights not available to non-citizens, such as participating in government and voting to elect the men and women who make and enforce the laws. Also, there is the privilege of being elected and serving in public office, as well as being able to join any of the services that keep America safe.