Naturalization and Citizenship
At Isa Law, we will help you navigate the lengthy and complex process of becoming a U.S. citizen. You can trust our board-certified immigration attorney to assist you through every step of the naturalization process from the initial filing of your application to your final oath of citizenship. Give us a call at (305) 938-0676 today, and together, we will start your journey towards citizenship and fulfill your American dream.
The process of applying and becoming an American citizen is one that has been around since the inception of our great country. It has its benefits and drawbacks, but one thing remains consistent, it is a long and arduous process that will test not just your patience and determination, but your willingness to do whatever it takes to realize your American dream.
It is important to remember that you don’t have to be an American citizen to live, work or travel in the United States. There are many visas that can grant you permission to do any of these activities for a stated period of time (usually around six months or more). But, if your goal is to live permanently in the U.S., you will have to become a citizen of this country in order to do so. At Isa Law, we will do everything in our capacity to ensure that you are able to gain citizenship in the U.S. by using our knowledge and expertise of immigration laws.
At Isa Law, we understand the challenges and difficulties that immigrants face when filing for citizenship. The road to becoming a U.S. citizen is a long one and often filled with unexpected obstacles. That is why you need a lawyer by your side who is knowledgeable, experienced, and has a solid track record of success.
When you work with Isa Law, you can rest assured that all necessary steps are being taken to achieve your goal of becoming a naturalized citizen. With our help, we will reduce your anxiety and stress of filing for citizenship by giving you peace of mind knowing that your case is being handled with utmost care and diligence. We will do all the heavy lifting, and we will not stop until we have exhausted all possible options to help turn your American dreams into reality.
What is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process of obtaining U.S. citizenship by a foreign citizen after their initial entry into the country as a permanent resident (an immigrant). There are a number of ways for an individual to become an American citizen, but one of the most common paths involves filing and processing an N-400 application for naturalization.
While green card holders (permanent residents) must wait five years before applying for citizenship, those who do so can enjoy many benefits including increased mobility and travel opportunities. Furthermore, if you hold a green card and wish to become an American citizen, your children born outside the U.S may also automatically be considered citizens under certain circumstances.
Requirements for Naturalization
In order to obtain U.S. citizenship, an immigrant must meet certain eligibility requirements as per USCIS. In general, they must:
- Be at least 18 years old (or 15 for those filing under special circumstances).
- Have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for five years (or three if married to a citizen).
- Have a physical residence in the U.S.
- Be of good moral character.
- Have basic knowledge of English and U.S. history (and be willing to take an oath pledging allegiance to the U.S.).
- Be able to write, speak, and understand English.
- Be able to demonstrate loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
How to Apply for Naturalization?
Applying for naturalization begins with the filing and processing of an N-400 form (Application for Naturalization). Applicants can either file the form on their own or seek the assistance of an experienced immigration attorney like Isa Law.
Once submitted, the application will be reviewed by a USCIS officer to ensure that all eligibility requirements are met. Following approval, applicants will be scheduled for fingerprinting and biometric services, as well as a series of interviews and tests which include English and civics exams.
After passing these requirements, a USCIS officer will either approve or suspend the application pending additional investigation.
Suspensions are generally issued for unresolved issues including lack of required background checks and incomplete applications. This is the reason why hiring a qualified immigration lawyer is crucial to ensure the success of your U.S. citizenship application.
How Long Does It Take to Become a U.S. Citizen?
It typically takes an average of six months for the USCIS to process applications for naturalization but may take longer depending on any unresolved issues. In case your application gets suspended, it can take up to 12 months or even more before you are finally approved.
Turn Your American Dreams Into Reality With Isa Law
Becoming a citizen of the United States has many benefits. Not only will it allow you to live and work here for the rest of your life, but it also gives you access to various government programs ranging from Social Security benefits to federally funded health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. As a U.S. citizen, you can also petition for the immigration of family members and exercise your right to vote. With Isa Law, we will level the playing field to guide you through the potentially confusing and overwhelming process of becoming a naturalized American citizen.
The United States of America is the land of opportunity, but you have to take the first step to seize it. Don’t wait any longer and settle for less than you deserve. For more information on how you can apply for U.S. citizenship, contact Isa Law today at (305) 938-0676. We will be more than happy to answer any of your questions and concerns regarding the U.S. naturalization process.