What is Naturalization?

What is Naturalization?Trying to understand the immigration process can seem overwhelming. There are many terms to describe the process and multiple avenues to citizenship that can vary greatly based on your specific circumstances. In this post, we wanted to break down one of the most commonly used immigration phrases, “naturalization.” We will explore what this all-encompassing phrase really means and what the requirements are for pursuing it. The information in this article is intended to be general. However, if you would like personalized feedback and guidance based on your unique case and circumstances, you are welcome to contact the experienced immigration attorneys at HAWM Law to schedule a consultation. We offer these consultations for free or at low cost. Simply reach out if you are interested in speaking with a qualified immigration attorney today.

Understanding Naturalization

Naturalization is the process by which someone born in another country can become a U.S. citizen. Naturalization is an alternative to acquisition, by which someone born to a parent who is a U.S. citizen can obtain, or acquire, U.S. citizenship before they turn 18. The first step of the naturalization process is becoming a lawful permanent resident. The specific requirements for naturalization are established by Congress’s Immigration and Nationality Act.

Requirements for Naturalization

As noted above, the requirements for naturalization are established by Congress. In order to apply for citizenship through the naturalization process, you must be at least 18 years of age and have been a lawful permanent resident in the United States for five years in most cases. In some cases, depending on the citizenship category you are applying for, you may be able to apply for citizenship after being a lawful permanent resident for three years. During that time, you must have maintained a continuous residence and physical presence in the United States and have demonstrated good moral character. This can sometimes become an issue if you were convicted of criminal charges while in the United States. If you have criminal convictions or are facing criminal charges and are pursuing citizenship, it is important to speak to an experienced immigration attorney as soon as possible. There are also certain knowledge requirements that must be met. For instance, you must be able to speak, read, and understand basic English. You must also be able to demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government and demonstrate loyalty to the principles of the U.S. constitution. You must also be willing to take an oath of allegiance.

If you need help with an immigration matter, it can be overwhelming, and be hard to even know where to start looking for help or what options are available. Our attorneys at HAWM Law are ready, experienced and committed to helping immigrants at any stage of the US immigration process. You do not have to struggle through this process alone.

How Can a Lawyer Help with Naturalization?

The process for applying for permanent residency and citizenship can be a long one. While a lawyer is not required for this process, having one can be an invaluable resource. It can take over two years to process an application currently, so finding out at the end of such a long period of time that your application has been rejected due to a misunderstanding or simple error can be devastating. A lawyer can help ensure that no errors are made on your application and that many potential pitfalls are avoided. Rejection rates for immigration applications have never been higher, so having an experienced advocate on your side can make a world of difference and expedite the process.

Talk to a Florida Immigration Attorney

If you are considering immigration or require assistance with an immigration-related issue, contact the experienced attorneys at HAWM Law today and schedule a consultation to find out how they can help you.

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