A green card allows you to come into the United States to live and work. Lawful permanent residency means you can stay in the country indefinitely, granted you do not break any law.
If you plan to stay permanently in the U.S., it makes sense to become a citizen. That is the process of naturalization, where a foreign-born person becomes an American citizen.
Naturalization grants many benefits and advantages. It is the next logical step for green card holders.
Green card holders are eligible for naturalization if they meet the following requirements:
The process also includes taking a test and swearing loyalty to the country by pledging the oath of allegiance.
The citizenship and naturalization process has three main stages.
The first stage involves preparing and filing Form N-400. That is the application for naturalization with the Immigration Service Center in your district. Submit the form and pay the required fees.
The next stage involves getting a date for fingerprinting. You will need to attend all interviews scheduled by the Immigration Services. If you miss them, your application can be denied.
The interviews during this stage will test your knowledge of US history, civics, and government. You may also be asked to take an English literacy test.
Once satisfied, the interviewing officer will give you a date for your swearing-in ceremony.
The third and last stage is about the swearing-in ceremony. There is a list of questions you need to submit on the date of the ceremony. You will then be sworn in, and you must turn in your green card. You will then be given your certificate of Citizenship, and, at that point, you are officially a U.S. citizen!
The biggest obstacle to your naturalization process would be yourself. If you have any of the following, it can cause problems with your application:
If you have problems with the law, it can hinder your naturalization. You can contact us at Nomos Law Group so we can help analyze your situation. Our Boston citizenship and naturalization lawyer can help you see what the best course of action would be.
If you plan to build a life in the United States, naturalization is the most logical step.
A U.S. citizen has more options in bringing family into the country. It also protects you and your children from getting deported.
You can apply for a U.S. passport, too. That is one of the most powerful in the world, allowing you to travel to over 180 countries for short-term trips.
And, as a U.S. citizen, you have the right to vote during elections. Your voice matters in determining the future of the country.
Becoming a U.S. citizen involves more than submitting an application form. The system can be complex at times, and doing it alone can be overwhelming.
Having the guidance of an experienced citizenship and naturalization lawyer can be a huge benefit. The attorney can help you understand what you need to do next.
If you have questions about citizenship and naturalization, do not hesitate to contact the team at Nomos Law Group.
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