Naturalization and Citizenship
The Frager Law Firm helps clients with US naturalization. Permanent residents who want to become citizens must go through the naturalization process.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requirements for naturalization include the following:
- A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States
- Residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing
- An ability to read, write, and speak English
- Knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
- Good moral character
- Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution
- The favorable disposition toward the United States
During the naturalization process, the applicant must pass oral or written tests regarding U.S. history and government and English language skills. A USCIS officer interviews the applicant. FBI background checks are completed and applicants are fingerprinted. After participating in a public ceremony called the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, the applicant submits his/her green card to the USCIS and receives a certificate of U.S. citizenship.
Visa or residency issues can complicate naturalization and possibly lead to deportation. The Frager Law Firm can advise whether it would be detrimental to apply for naturalization and explain options.
Other valuable legal guidance includes the following:
- How to answer naturalization application questions
- Preparation for the naturalization tests
- How to document one’s stay during the required residency period
- Advice on how a criminal record may affect applying for naturalization
- Preparation for the citizenship interview
Citizenship apart from Naturalization
Aside from naturalization, other ways that U.S. citizenship may be acquired include the following:
- Children born in the U.S. are U.S. citizens.
- Birth abroad to two U.S. citizen parents
- Under certain circumstances, birth abroad to one U.S. citizen parent
- Adoption by U.S. citizen parents
Becoming a U.S. citizen offers benefits and protections not afforded to permanent residents. Most citizens never have to fear the risk of deportation. Their family members receive immigration priority. They can vote, hold federal positions, receive federal grants, make political contributions, and run for public office.
Arrange a consultation today with the Frager Law Firm.
If you have questions about immigration naturalization or need legal help to apply for citizenship, our lawyers at the Frager Law Firm can advise you of your legal rights and help you make the right decisions.