Naturalization: Becoming a U.S. Citizen
If you have been a permanent resident for at least 4 years and 9 months, you may be eligible to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization. If you have been a permanent resident for at least 2 years and 9 months, and during that time you have been married to a U.S. Citizen, then you may be eligible to apply for naturalization.
Some of the benefits of U.S. Citizenship include the following:
- The ability to help family members immigrate to the United States. As a U.S. citizen, you are able to sponsor your parents, your married children, and your siblings for permanent residence.
- The ability to help your minor children become U.S. citizens.
- The right to vote in all federal, state, and local elections.
- The right to serve on a jury.
- The right to run for elected government office.
- The right to be employed in certain government jobs that require U.S. citizenship.
- The right to obtain a U.S. Passport.
Some of the other requirements for naturalization include the following:
- During the past 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen), you been physically present in the United States for at least half of that time
- You are a person of good moral character
- You can read, write, and speak basic English, and pass a test of U.S. history and government in English
If you are over age 50 and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years, or if you are over age 55 and have been a permanent resident for at least 15 years, then you may be permitted to take the naturalization test in your native language.
There are also other requirements that you must fulfill in order to apply for naturalization.
Many clients have obtained U.S. citizenship with the careful guidance of Michael Carlin. Mike has the experience, skills, and knowledge you need to help you reach your goals.
This page does not provide legal advice, and is intended only as a general introduction. Please contact us for more information.