Naturalization (Form N-400)
Naturalization is the legal process by which non-citizens and immigrants to the United States attain citizenship status. There are numerous steps you must take in applying for naturalization, and getting approved is often a challenge. At Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC, our Georgia naturalization attorneys guide you through the process. We have successfully helped countless clients obtain citizenship through naturalization, achieving their American dream.
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Who Is Eligible to Become a U.S. Citizen?
Citizenship offers the right to live, work, and travel through the U.S. without having to show documentation. It benefits family members, gives you the right to vote in elections, and provides access to state and federal benefits. There are two primary ways to become a U.S. citizen: by birth or naturalization.
Benefits of Becoming A U.S. Citizen Via Naturalization
If you have a temporary visa, you must intend to return to your home country at the end of the validity period of your authorized stay. If you wish to remain in the United States permanently, you must obtain permanent resident status or pursue naturalization.
There are many benefits to naturalization. Once you naturalize and become a U.S. citizen, your status does not need to be renewed, you cannot be deported, you gain the right to vote, run for public office, and obtain U.S. benefits.
Requirements for Citizenship
If you were not born in this country, naturalization may be an option for obtaining citizenship. The Naturalization Eligibility Worksheet lists 15 questions you must be able to answer ‘yes’ to: These include:
- Are you at least 18 years old?
- Are you a Permanent Resident of the United States/hold a permanent residency card?
- Have you been a permanent resident for at least five years (with limited exceptions)?
- Can you read, write, and speak English (again, with limited exceptions)?
- Are you of good moral character?
- Do you support the U.S. Constitution?
- Are you willing to pledge allegiance to the United States?
In addition to these questions, there are other requirements you will need to meet. Our Atlanta citizenship lawyers can help in determining eligibility and whether exceptions apply.
The naturalization process involves a series of steps. Once you are eligible for naturalization, you must complete and submit Form N-400, Application For Naturalization. This provides basic information about yourself, your background, family, work history, and time spent outside the United States.
As part of the naturalization application process, USCIS will then schedule an interview to assess your language skills and administer a civics and history test. You must also attend a biometrics appointment, which involves fingerprinting and photographs for a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) background check.
For more information about USCIS’s naturalization process, contact our Georgia citizenship and naturalization attorneys.
FAQs About Naturalization
Citizenship is automatically granted to those born in the United States. Further, an individual born abroad may acquire U.S. citizenship from his/her U.S. citizen parent(s) under certain circumstances. Naturalization involves applying for citizenship based on qualifying factors.
You do not need a lawyer to apply for naturalization. However, having an experienced naturalization attorney on your side is recommended.
The naturalization process can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months.
A naturalization interview occurs during the last phase of the naturalization process. Discussing your answers in advance with our Atlanta citizenship lawyers can help you prepare.
Being of good moral character is one of the factors that affect your eligibility for naturalization. It means your ideas, beliefs, and actions generally benefit society.
At Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC, our Atlanta citizenship lawyers provide trusted guidance throughout the naturalization process. For help in completing your application and getting it approved in the most efficient manner possible, call 1.800.951.4980 or contact us online to request a consultation today.
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