Through the immigration process of naturalization, you can become a U.S. citizen. Naturalization is the only way to become a U.S. citizen if you were not born a U.S. citizen or did not acquire citizenship immediately after birth.
As a naturalized citizen you are awarded various privileges, such as the rights to:
The basic requirements for naturalization include:
The naturalization process can take an average of six months from the time you apply. To ensure that your application is not returned to you before it is fully evaluated, be sure all of the information requested is included:
Honesty is integral to the naturalization process. If you have convicted of a crime (even if the conviction has been expunged) the details must be disclosed to the USCIS. If you conceal or falsify information, the USCIS may deny your application.
If you are serving with the U.S. Armed Forces, you may apply for citizenship if you fulfill the required criteria. While certain conditions must be met for you to qualify, as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces you may be exempt from satisfying the required residency and physical presence obligations and from paying the naturalization filing fee.
If you are denied naturalization, you can appeal and request an administrative review of your application, which consists of a hearing with an immigration officer. The details of this process and the requirements for paperwork (Form N-336) are disclosed in your denial letter. Additionally, you may be able to reapply at a later date. Although you will have already turned in a full application, you are still required to resubmit a new application form, pay the application fee, and retake your photographs and fingerprints.
All naturalized citizens are required to uphold certain duties pledged to in the Oath of Allegiance. The Oath is the final step to citizenship, and all applicants must promise to:
An immigration attorney is in the best position to help you through the naturalization process and to answer any questions you may have about your citizenship status. A lawyer familiar with naturalization can help prepare for your interview and assemble the required documents for your naturalization application.
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