For many people immigrating to the United States, their ultimate goal is U.S. citizenship. The path to U.S. Citizenship is a long one, but the attorneys at Duckworth & Ray, L.L.P. are experienced and ready to assist.
What are the Requirements for Naturalization?
Until an immigrant becomes a full naturalized citizen of the United States they cannot enjoy all of the same rights and benefits this great country has to offer its citizens. There are several steps that must be taken for an immigrant to reach citizenship. Applicants must:
- Obtain permanent residency. This is done by obtaining a green card.
- Applicants must have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for at least five years prior to applying for citizenship.
- Applicants must have lived in the United States for at least three years if they are currently married to a United States citizen.
- Applicants must complete and submit Form N-400, known as the Application for Naturalization.
- After the Form N-400 has been submitted and approved, the applicant must complete an immigration interview.
- Applicants must pass a background check.
- Ultimately, all applicants must take an Oath of Allegiance.
Through this process the attorneys at Duckworth & Ray, L.L.P. will be able to guide and support you in properly complying with every step of the process. There are many forms, documents, and hurdles that will come up along the way during naturalization. It is important to have a legal professional to assist you along the way.