Naturalization is the process through which US citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident after that resident meets the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). A person can also obtain citizenship by acquisition, which occurs at birth or after birth to US citizen parents before the individual turns 18.
If you’re considering applying for naturalization, it might be wise to consult with an experienced immigration lawyer. Immigration and naturalization are complex and time-consuming processes, especially working on your own.
Before you can apply for naturalization, you have to meet a few qualifying requirements. Some requirements may apply to your situation, but the following conditions apply to all applicants. You must:
Please note that if you have a parent that was a US citizen before you turned 18, you will apply for a Certificate of Citizenship instead of for naturalization.
As a general rule, the following guidelines apply to most applicants for naturalization. An experienced immigration law attorney can help you determine which ones apply to you and which might be a problem.
Finally, you will need to sign your application and pay your fee.
Vestal Immigration Law helps clients achieve their goals of U.S. citizenship through naturalization. If you would like to discuss your path to citizenship, contact our office directly today.
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