Naturalization is the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. To apply for naturalization, a foreign national must fulfill the requirements set by Congress and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
People may qualify for naturalization if they meet one of the following:
Green card holders may apply for naturalization if they have been residents for at least five years and fulfill the following requirements:
Green card holders may apply for naturalization if they have been residents for at least three years, in the same marital union for the three years immediately preceding the date of filing, and fulfill the following requirements:
Children of a U.S resident may become citizens at birth or after birth, before the age of 18. The law at the time of birth will determine if the child born abroad by a U.S citizen is a citizen. Children can also become citizens after birth and must meet different criteria, depending on whether they reside in or outside of the U.S.
Those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military may be eligible to apply for naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
There are also exemptions to the U.S. Citizenship test.
65/20 “ Exception for Elder Applicants – If you are 65 years or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 20 years, you are be eligible for an easier version of the civics examination.
50/20 and 55/15 Exceptions for Advanced Age – If you are 50 years or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 20 years OR you are 55 years or older and have lived in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least 15 years, your interview and exam can be conducted in your native language.
The U.S. immigration law is very complex, and you need to get help from an experienced immigration lawyer in San Fernando Valley when you are facing immigration issues. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so that you can learn more about your rights and how we might be able to help.
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