Naturalization means, in immigration law, the process of becoming a United States citizen. Oftentimes people start with a green card, which gives people fairly limited rights, and then they “naturalize” by becoming a United State citizen. The process can be complicated and not everyone qualifies.
The team at Jackman Law Firm can help you become naturalized, but there are some steps you need to keep in mind. To apply in the first place, you must meet the steps below.
Steps Required for Naturalization
- You have to be at least 18 years old.
- Demonstrate you have good moral character as defined by USCIS
- Read, write, and speak English
- You have to be living in the US for 30 months or more before you apply to naturalize
- Have a good understanding of the country’s history and government
- Take an oath of allegiance to the US
The Jackman Law Firm can help you navigate these steps to make sure you have the best chance at naturalization. There are some forms that you have to complete to become naturalized. The first is called Form N-400. This is now done by filling out a form online with the USCIS. After this is approved by USCIS, you will then have to attend an appointment called a “biometrics appointment.” You will have to be fingerprinted for this and have your photograph taken.
From there, you will go to your interview with USCIS. This is done at a local office. At this interview, which you must attend, you will answer some questions by a USCIS officer, take your English test, your civics test. Most of the time you will get a yes or no decision from USCIS. After you learn whether you have been admitted or denied, you will get a letter in the mail from USCIS letting you know when and where you have to go to take your oath of allegiance. After that, you will receive your certificate of naturalization.
If by some chance your application was denied, you will get a letter letting you know this, and there will also be instructions on how you can appeal this.
Benefits and Roadblocks to Becoming Naturalized
Since becoming naturalized is not an easy process, some people might wonder if it’s worth all of the effort. There are some benefits to becoming naturalized, but there are also some roadblocks to be aware of. The benefits are that you can leave the USA and visit another country with a passport. It also allows you to get welfare if you need to be on welfare. Finally, you can also vote in all elections
There are some things that can stop you from being naturalized, however. The most recent is that if you have a criminal record. If you have a serious criminal record, it may be impossible. If your criminal record is not serious, a good lawyer may be able to help you. Another roadblock is not paying child support, not paying taxes and you fail the tests that are given to you, which are a test for English and for civics. You only get two times to take it since, if you fail for the second time, your application will be denied.
Finally, if your application is not accurate and honest, there’s a chance that your application will be denied because it will be considered to be a fraud by USCIS.
How The Jackman Law Firm Can Help
If you are trying to become naturalized, do not try to do this on your own. It is not easy. Having an experienced, dedicated lawyer will help you. Call us now for a case review so we can help you.