Our law firm has helped thousands of people obtain 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. If you or a loved one need an immigration attorney to help you obtain your 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 derail the naturalization process. Below, please find a summary of the N-400 process. Should 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.
Our immigration attorneys have a great amount of experience in representing thousands of people who wanted to become a U.S. Citizen. Naturalization is the process in which a legal permanent resident can become a U.S. citizen. Citizenship gives the individual certain benefits such as:
A person can either apply on an individual basis or on the basis of marriage to a U.S. citizen.
Individual Basis: If the person is not married to a U.S. citizen he or she is eligible to apply for citizenship after five years of having their legal permanent residency.
Basis of Marriage to a U.S. Citizen: If the individual has been a legal permanent resident (LPR) for three years and is married to a U.S. citizen and has been married to that same person for the past three years, he or she is eligible to apply for citizenship.
The whole process takes approximately six months. In order to become a U.S. Citizen you have to meet the following guidelines.
Conviction of one or more crimes of moral turpitude
Conviction of two or more crimes with a combined sentence of at least five years
Controlled substance violation, except for 30g or less of marijuana
Being incarcerated for 180 days or more
First, you will have to complete the N-400 form. This form is the application used to apply for citizenship. The form itself costs $640.00. However, the biometrics exam is always included in the filing fee, totaling $725.00.
The following are some of the documents to send with the form N-400:
After approximately one month after submitting the application, the applicant will receive an appointment letter from USCIS. On the date and time indicated on the letter, the individual must go the location indicated and get his or her fingerprints taken.
About two months after completing the biometrics, the applicant will receive a letter with the appointment for the interview. At the specified time, go to the local office to answer questions about the application, take the English and civics test, and receive a decision.
There are certain exceptions to the reading, writing, and speaking English requirement. The applicant must either be at least 50 years of age and a LPR for at least 20 years, at least 50 years of age and a LPR for at least 15 years, at least 65 years of age and a LPR for at least 20 years. If the applicant is over the age of 65 and has been a LPR for 20 years or over, they will be given a short version of the history and government tests that are twenty questions long. These individuals do not have to take the English language test but have to the take the civics test in the language of their choice.
Here’s what you will need to bring to the interview:
Now the only step left is to take the Oath! If approved, the final step is to take the oath of allegiance. The USCIS will notify the applicant by mail of the time and date of the ceremony. When the date arrives, the individual should arrive at least 30 minutes early to check in and return his or her green card. If more than a day has passed since the interview, the applicant may be asked several questions. Once the ceremony is complete and the oath has been recited, the applicant is now a citizen. The certificate of naturalization will be issued and be used as proof of citizenship.
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