Naturalization and Acquisition of Citizenship
A Legal Permanent Resident over the age of 18 may be eligible to become a citizen through naturalization. An applicant for naturalization must be a Legal Permanent Resident for at least five (5) years or three (3) years if that person obtained Residency through lawful marriage. The applicant must also be able to demonstrate competency in the English language unless that person is over the age of the 50 and has been a Resident for a certain number of years. A person over the age of 50 may be eligible to have the naturalization interview in their native language. The applicant must also pass U.S. government and civics written examination.
An applicant’s criminal record, immigration history and other civil issues such as taxes and child support may lead to denial of naturalization. Our office represents many individuals in naturalization proceedings including motions to reopen and reconsider denials.
Some people born abroad may be able to claim U.S. Citizenship if one of their parents is/was born in the United States. Depending on the year of birth, an applicant may be able to acquire U.S. Citizenship if they can prove their U.S. Citizen parent was physically present in the United States prior to the applicant’s birth. Our office represents individuals claiming U.S. Citizenship based on their parents’ birth in the United States.
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