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Are You Eligible to File for Citizenship in the United States?

For every immigrant who only wants to visit the United States for vacation, or for work that lasts a few years, there are probably many more who want to come to the U.S. to stay. In order to become a permanent member of the United States, you will need to file for citizenship through naturalization.

Why should you want to be a citizen of the U.S.?

  • You get the right to vote in local, statewide, and national elections.
  • You can be hired as a federal employee and gain related benefits.
  • You can prevent deportation if you did not enter the country legally.
  • You gain specific U.S. tax law benefits.
  • You can sponsor your family with green cards.
  • And many more reasons!

With all the benefits of citizenship, you probably want to apply. But are you going to be eligible? The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a strict set of eligibility rules you need to follow. Failure to meet just one prerequisite can be enough to deny your citizenship.

U.S. citizenship requirements include (but not limited to):

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Hold a green card for at least five years
  • Not traveling outside of the U.S. for more than one year in the last five years
  • Live where you are filing for naturalization for at least three months
  • Prove you are of “good moral character,” such as a clean criminal record
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of U.S. government and history in a written test

You may also be required to demonstrate a basic ability to speak, read, and write English. The English requirement may be waived for specific individuals, but generally cannot be.

Do Not Let Complications Bar Your Citizenship

Understanding your eligibility can become difficult due to nuances with the USCIS requirements. Immigration laws are also frequently changing, especially due to the current political climate. You might be confident you can apply for citizenship, only to discover that you are missing a requirement.

You can easily eliminate any guesswork from the process by coming to the Law Offices of Shamieh & Ternieden and working with our San Francisco immigration lawyers. Across more than 30+ years of practice, we have personally helped thousands of people deal with their immigration cases and filings. There is nothing the USCIS can throw our way that will surprise our highly experienced attorneys. Make our skills your advantage by calling (415) 300-2144 and requesting an initial consultation today.

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