Citizenship Attorney in Bloomfield, New Jersey
One of the most exciting points in life for many people is when they are afforded the opportunity to become a citizen of the United States. In order to do this, they will have to meet all of the requirements for citizenship and complete the naturalization process. There are many benefits to becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States. The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. can help you achieve this dream. If you need an experienced attorney who can effectively guide you through this process, contact our firm today.
Eligibility requirements for naturalization
There are a number of different requirements that a prospective citizen of the United States must satisfy. Some of these requirements vary depending on the person’s immigration status leading up to this point. This is applicable for the continuous residence requirement. Permanent residents must have lived in the United States for five years before becoming eligible. These individuals must have been physically present in the U.S. for 30 months of the five-year period. However, if you have come to the United States as the spouse of a citizen, you will only have to meet a three-year requirement of continuous residency. This is also the requirement for members of the U.S. military who are lawful permanent residents. These applicants must be able to show that they were in the U.S. for 18 months of the three-year period. Another requirement is that the applicants must be able to show that they have good moral character and have a loyalty to the United States. Finally, they need to show knowledge of U.S. history, government, and the English language.
The Naturalization Process
Prospective citizens who meet the requirements listed above can start the naturalization process by filing form N-400, the application for naturalization. You will be required to submit your application, necessary documents, and application fees to the USCIS. They will then require you to attend a biometrics appointment. Finally, you will have to attend an interview with a USCIS officer who will ask about your application, your background, and take the English and civics test. There are some exceptions that may allow you to avoid these tests. Upon being approved, you will be able to conclude the process with a naturalization ceremony.
The naturalization ceremony is the final date of the process and is sure to be a very memorable day in your life. At the ceremony, you will return your Green Card, check in with the immigration officer, take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States, and finally, receive your Certificate of Naturalization.
Benefits of Becoming a Citizen
Once you have officially become a citizen of the United States, you will be able to enjoy a number of benefits. You will be able to vote, obtain a U.S. passport, bring additional family members to the United States for citizenship, hold positions in government, and more. You should also be sure to inform the Social Security Administration of your change in status.
Contact a NJ Naturalization Attorney
Becoming a U.S. citizen comes with great opportunity. Serving immigrants as they pursue their dream of naturalization is a pleasure and an honor. Seeing them take an oath of allegiance is so inspiring. If you are looking forward to becoming a U.S. citizen, it is important to have an experienced legal team guide you through each step. We congratulate you on taking such a significant step. We know how important this is to you and are here to make sure any obstacles are overcome. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.