For individuals not born in the United States or not born to citizens of this country, citizenship and permanent residency solution is something you must actively work toward and sometimes fight for. Through a citizenship and naturalization process, you can become a United States citizen with all the rights, benefits, protections and freedoms accorded by American law.
For most clients, naturalization is the next step following obtaining a green card that allows them to live and work in the U.S. Naturalization is the complex process by which a foreign national can become a U.S. citizen. Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The general requirements for administrative naturalization include:
- a period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;
- residence in a particular USCIS District prior to filing;
- an ability to read, write, and speak English;
- a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;
- good moral character;
- attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and,
- favorable disposition toward the United States.
The other naturalization requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants, such as spouses of U.S. citizens.
Hiding or concealing important information can lead to problems. Even 20 years after you win your naturalization case, you can be stripped of your citizenship through a process known as denaturalization.
Once you become a U.S. citizen, you can live and work permanently in the United States, vote in U.S. elections, serve on juries, and hold a U.S. passport. As a U.S. citizen, you can also sponsor your spouse, unmarried children under age 21, and parents as immediate relatives.
The Sacramento immigration law attorneys of Bowman & Associates help clients across California with naturalization and citizenship legal issues. If you or someone you know has questions about the immigration process and becoming a citizen of the United States, contact our experienced lawyers today for a free consultation. We are here to help.