U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization
U.S. Legal Permanent Residents may elect to become U.S. Citizens and naturalize. This process allows eligible green card holders to apply for naturalization and undergo testing and an interview before swearing-in as a U.S. Citizen. We have assisted many people to reach their goal of U.S. Citizenship. Call or email with any questions you have. We are always happy to let you speak directly with an immigration expert.
Millar & Hayes U.S. Immigration Lawyers assists countless clients to gain entry into the United States – the right way. We can assess your situation and suggest an optimal legal strategy, which may or may not include a pardon. With knowledge, experience, and offices conveniently located on either side of the border we can help you to meet your immigration goals. If you are interested in learning more about citizenship through naturalization, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Eligibility for Naturalization
The following are requirements for eligibility for naturalization to U.S. citizenship:
- Must be 18 years old;
- Must be a resident continuously for 5 years (3 years if LPR status gained through marriage to a U.S. citizen and waived in some battery cases);
- Must have resided for 90 days in the state where the petition was filed;
- Must be physically present in the U.S.
- Must not be absent from the U.S. for a continuous period of more than a year. An absence of more than six months creates a presumption of abandonment. (There are limited exceptions to this rule for military duty and certain relatives of U.S. citizens.);
- Must be person of good moral character. (Certain criminal and other acts bar eligibility);
- Must be attached to the principles of the U.S. Constitution;
- Must be willing to bear arms or perform service on behalf of the U.S.;
- Must not be barred as a member of the Communist Party, a deserter during war time, or otherwise under the law.
It is important to ensure that you qualify before proceeding with a naturalization case. In certain situations, such as where more than two crimes have been committed, the applicant might put themselves in jeopardy of removal (deportation). Another requirement that must be met is registration for selective service. Men with lawful permanent resident status between the ages of 18 to 26 are required to register for selective service. If they do not, their application for naturalization may be delayed.
Another Option: Derivative Citizenship
Some people who were not born in the U.S. may acquire derivative citizenship. These opportunities are based upon a qualifying relationship with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To learn more about derivative citizenship, click here.
Millar & Hayes provides full-service representation for filing, test and interview preparation, and defending against actions and requests for evidence from the government. Our immigration attorneys guide the case through the processing to ensure it is handled properly. Due to the federal nature of immigration law, we serve clients in all U.S. states and throughout the world. we help many immigrants through the naturalization process. Instead of worrying that you might make a mistake on your application, call us. We understand what you need to file for naturalization and we can help make sure you qualify.
If you are serious about naturalization a consultation is the best place to start. Spend up to a full hour with an immigration attorney to discuss the details of your case, get answers to your questions, work through issues and supporting documents and plan an immigration strategy.