Every year, hundreds and thousands of foreign nationals immigrate to the United States with hopes of living the American Dream in order to better their future. Gaining full citizenship can be done through a process called Naturalization. Naturalization is the admittance of a foreigner to the citizenship of the United States by applying through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Attaining the right to legally be considered a citizen of the United Sates can be a difficult and lengthy process without the representation of an experienced attorney.
General Requirements for Naturalization
There are general requirements that need to be met in order to be eligible for naturalization. You must be a permanent resident of the United States for at least five years or you may be eligible to apply earlier if you have resided in the United States for at least three years and meet the requirements to file as the spouse of a U.S. citizen. Qualified members of the U.S. armed forces and children of U.S. citizens that were born outside of the United States may be able to apply for naturalization if the eligibility requirements of these categories are met. Citizenship can also be derived or acquired. The process of deriving or acquiring citizenship can be extremely complicated as the laws governing this area have changed many times over the years and depend on when the person seeking citizenship was born.
If one or both of your parents were a citizen of the United States prior to your 18th birthday, or you were adopted by a U.S. citizen, you may already be considered a U.S. citizen. Although you may not need to apply for naturalization, it is important that you seek professional, legal advice and discuss your case with an experienced immigration attorney who may help you obtain the proper proof and U.S. passport needed in order to solidify the citizenship that is rightfully deserved.
Contact a Skilled Immigration Attorney for Help
The immigration attorney at Williams, Kratcoksi & Can, LLC, Barbara Griffin, is an experienced lawyer who possesses the skills needed in order to help you through your journey in obtaining citizenship. If you think you may be eligible for naturalization, call us today at 330-673-3444 to schedule a consultation. Consultations can be done in both English and Spanish. Se habla espan҃ol.