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Becoming a Permanent, Lawful Citizen of the United States
Citizenship through naturalization is one of the most common ways that immigrants become permanent United States citizens. If you wish to live and work in the U.S. as a citizen and receive all of the rights that come with citizenship, this may be the right option for you.
However, obtaining U.S. citizenship is a rather complex process. It’s wise to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you understand how the process works, determine if you are eligible for citizenship through naturalization, and successfully complete each required step.
Who Is Eligible for Citizenship through Naturalization?
In order to become a U.S. citizen, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. In most cases, you must meet all the requirements as set out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), though certain exceptions may apply in limited circumstances.
Generally, before you are eligible to apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a permanent or conditional U.S. resident (green card holder) for five years
- Have spent the required amount of time physically in the United States
- Have not traveled or spent more than one year outside of the U.S.
- Have lived in the state/district in which you are filing for naturalization for at least three months
- Be able to demonstrate that you are of good moral character
- Have a basic knowledge of U.S. government and history
- Demonstrate that you can speak, read, and write basic English
These are simply the most basic requirements for those wishing to apply for citizenship through naturalization. There are many other requirements, as well as exceptions for extraneous circumstances. Our San Francisco citizenship & naturalization attorneys can help you determine if you are eligible for U.S. citizenship and if so, can help you navigate the process.
Benefits of Being a U.S. Citizen
Becoming a U.S. citizen provides many benefits, including:
- 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.
- Freedom to travel to numerous countries without a visa
- Your children are automatically U.S. citizens
- And many more reasons!
Offering Sound Legal Counsel & Personalized Representation
At the Law Offices of Shamieh, Shamieh & Ternieden, we understand that every situation is different. With this in mind, we provide our clients with personalized legal services tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. Immigration laws regarding citizenship and who is and is not eligible for naturalization often change, which is why it’s important that you seek guidance from an experienced attorney.
Our legal team assists clients from around the globe from our offices in San Francisco and Sacramento, and we proudly offer multilingual services.
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