United States Citizenship Has Many Advantages
Immigrants who are legally living in the United States are often eligible to become naturalized United States citizens. United States citizenship comes with many advantages and offers a permanent way to live and work in the United States. Those who meet the criteria can apply and complete the naturalization process through the USCIS, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, to become legal U.S. citizens.
Advantages of Citizenship
As a naturalized citizen, you receive the same advantages as other U.S. citizens. You will be able to vote in elections and are eligible to apply for federal jobs. You can also run for some elected offices, and can get a U.S. passport for travel. One of the most important benefits of becoming a naturalized citizen is that you can obtain citizenship for children who were born outside of the United States. Additionally, you have priority when you want to bring other family members to the United States.
In order to apply to become a naturalized citizen, you must first meet the eligibility requirements. You must meet the current residency requirements, be over the age of 18, be of good moral character, and have knowledge of the English language and civics. Those who wish to become citizens must intend to reside in the United States permanently. As part of the naturalization process you must take an oath of allegiance to the United States. Residency requirements are complex and may change periodically. It is helpful to speak with an immigration attorney to make sure that you meet the qualifications for naturalization.
How the Naturalization Process Works
If you meet the requirements for naturalization you may apply for citizenship. The form you need to use depends on varying circumstances. Form N-400 is the application that is used most often. In addition to completing the form, you must provide supporting documentation and two passport-style photos. Once the application has been processed and accepted, you will receive a date for your interview and fingerprinting. You will need to take a basic English test to ensure that you know the language, and you will be given a test on basic U.S. history.
If all goes well with the application and interview, you will be given a certificate of naturalization. At that time, you must turn in your green card since it is no longer valid. Some offices provide naturalization ceremonies where groups of new naturalized citizens are allowed to take part. There are many reasons why you may want to become a naturalized citizen. Contact a qualified immigration lawyer to answer your questions and assist you through the process.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding United States Citizenship, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to udallshumway.com, or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.