United States Citizenship
There are many advantages to United States citizenship, including the right to vote, the ability to travel with a U.S. passport, and the chance to help family members immigrate to the country. However, the road to citizenship is often long and complicated. Lawful permanent residents (LPR) need to meet the many requirements to be eligible, including the following:
- Continuous U.S. residence for at least five years as well as at least 3 months in a state
- LPR status for three to five years, depending on the circumstances of the case
- Basic English language skills (reading, writing, and comprehension)
- Basic understanding of U.S. history, civics, and the constitution
- Good moral character
Some criteria, such as age, marital status, health conditions, military status, and family relationships can all influence the application process.
Naturalization is the process of an LPR becoming a citizen of the U.S. There are multiple steps that a person must complete before obtaining citizenship:
- Submit a completed application for naturalization (N-400) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Submit their fingerprints, which are used in a criminal background check
- Attend a naturalization interview
- Pass a U.S. civics test
- Pass an English test
After the application and tests are successfully finished, the applicant must wait to receive approval from USCIS. The final step is taking the Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.
Certificates of Citizenship
A certificate of citizenship (N-600) is a document that identifies an individual as a U.S. citizen after a certain date. The form serves as proof of citizenship.
There are many cases in which a certificate of citizenship may be applicable. For example, a person who was born overseas and claiming U.S. citizenship through their parents could apply for a certificate of citizenship as evidence.
Since a U.S. passport is considered proof of citizenship, a person seeking to obtain evidence of their citizenship through a certificate of citizenship may be able to present that same evidence to a local passport agency office instead. Proof of intent to travel may be required.
Contact an Attorney Today
The support of a trusted attorney is invaluable for LPRs navigating the citizenship and naturalization process. If you have immigrated to the U.S. and are seeking the full rights that citizenship has to offer, the specialists in citizenship and naturalization law at Scott D. Pollock & Associates can help.
Our attorneys have over seven decades of combined experience in U.S. immigration law. We’ve helped guide numerous clients through the complicated process of gaining citizenship.
Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.