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BECOMING A CITIZEN

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Throughout the years here at Alcock and Associates, we have had the wonderful opportunity and honor of helping thousands of people in obtaining their US citizenship. It is one of the most rewarding aspects of our profession. As immigration attorneys, we have the tremendous honor to have the opportunity to be part of this process and achievement. If you or a loved one need an immigration attorney to help you obtain citizenship, it would be our pleasure to be of service to you.

The process is relatively straightforward. However, with all immigration processes, there are details that can disrupt the naturalization process. Below, you will find a summary of the N-400 process. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please do no hesitate to call us at 602-989-5000.

OBTAIN CITIZENSHIP

Our immigration attorneys have an abundant amount of experience in relation to citizenship processes. Naturalization is the process in which a legal permanent resident can become a U.S. citizen. Citizenship gives the individual certain benefits in the United States such as:

  • The right to vote
  • Bringing family members to the U.S.
  • Becoming eligible for Federal jobs.
  • Run for elective office where citizenship is required.
  • Obtain certain state and federal benefits not available to noncitizens.
  • Participate on a jury.

A person can either apply on an individual basis or they can apply on the basis that they are married to a U.S. citizen.
Individual Basis: If the person is not married to a U.S. citizen, then they are eligible to apply for citizenship after five years of having their legal permanent residency.

Application on the basis of Marriage to a U.S. Citizen: If the individual who is applying has been a legal permanent resident (LPR) for three years,they are married to a U.S. citizen, and has been married to the same spouse for the past three years, he or she is eligible to apply for citizenship.

The whole process takes about six months. In order to become a U.S. Citizen you have to meet the following guidelines.

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Below we have listed several requirements for citizenship

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Be green card holder for at least five years immediately prior to the filing date. If residence is obtained through marriage, green card holder can apply after 3 years as long as: 1) spouse has been a United States Citizen for more than three years, AND 2) married to United States Citizen for more than three years
  • You need to have lived within the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence for at least 3 months prior to the filing date
  • Have continuous residence in the U.S. as a green card holder for at least five years immediately prior to the filing date.
  • Reside continuously within the U.S. from the date of application for naturalization up to the time of naturalization
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English and have knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government. Exceptions: 20 LPR and 50+ years old, or 15 years LPR and 55+ years old.
  • Have not committed the following crimes within the five years immediately prior to the filing date (this list is not all inclusive):
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Phoenix AZ 85004