Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
Benefits of Citizenship
United States citizens (USC) may live and work in the United States permanently and cannot lose this status by extended travel abroad. Further, USCs have many benefits and privileges not afforded to permanent residents, including the privilege of voting in the U.S. elections, and petitioning for the permanent resident status of their parents, spouses, children, and siblings.
Do I Qualify for Naturalization?
Generally, you may qualify for Naturalization if you meet the following requirements:
- You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years;
- You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more as a spouse of a U.S. citizen;
- You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces;
- Physical presence;
- Continuity of Residence;
- Good Moral Character; and
- Show satisfactory knowledge/understanding in an exam on U.S. government, history, civics, as well as the ability to speak, read, and write English (though some exceptions to the testing requirements can be attained based on upon age, duration of permanent residency, and health).
At UBA, we can provide you assistance in determining yours or your family member’s eligibility for U.S. citizenship through naturalization. Further we can guide those planning on naturalization with issues impacting eligibility such as physical presence and extended travel.