Helping You Obtain Citizenship Through Naturalization

The Law Offices of Diana Levy can help you determine your eligibility for citizenship through naturalization.

If you qualify, skilled attorneys can provide all the legal guidance and assistance you require from the beginning of the application until you become a bonafide U.S. citizen. If you do not qualify, they can help you assess alternative options.

How Do You Obtain Citizenship Through Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship to a person who was born in another country. This, thereby, enables immigrants to the United States to vote and enjoy civil rights and other benefits. It is the process through which they become citizens, but it is not the same as being born in the United States and automatically becoming a citizen.

It is only available to certain immigrants who have either been permanent residents (green card holders) for a minimum amount of time or have met specific military service requirements.

What Are the Requirements for Naturalization?

Naturalization requirements are assessed on a series of criteria that include the following factors:

  • How long you have physically resided in the U.S.
  • How long you’ve held a legal permanent resident status
  • Whether you are married to a U.S. citizen
  • Whether you served in the U.S. military
  • Age
  • Knowledge of basic English language skills
  • Knowledge of U.S. history and government
  • Good moral character

The details of meeting the requirements vary based on individual circumstances and there are exceptions. With so many complicated aspects, it is wise to consult with a respected legal firm for advice.

What Are the Steps for Naturalization?

The journey to citizenship can seem complex. First, you need to file Form N-400, which is an Application for Naturalization, and pay the necessary filing fees. After that, there are several steps to complete, including the biometrics appointment and interview.

Overall, the process can take up to 18 months or sometimes longer, depending on how quickly U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services (USCIS) approves cases and processes paperwork, so it is important to keep in contact and update USCIS of any changes so that they can be taken into account.

An experienced lawyer can help you prepare, guide you through the process, and support you along the way. Contact the Law Offices of Diana Levy for an initial consultation.