Mario Ramos, K-1 visa immigration lawyer


US Citizenship: Naturalization

Immigration blog

One of the first things people tell me during an interview is that they want to be a United States citizen. Many countries allow you to have dual citizenship (you can keep your citizenship even after becoming a U.S. citizen). I tell them that my office will assist them to become a citizen. The process is a multi-step process. My goal is to help people become a U.S. citizen to secure their status in the U.S. which allows them the right to vote and secures their social security benefits. My office and web based system helps you to become a citizen as efficiently and fast as possible.

Requirements to Become a Naturalized Citizen

Here are the requirements to be eligible for US citizenship:

  1. Enter the USA lawfully and have legal status as a permanent resident.
  2. Continuous residence (not the same as physical presence) in the U.S. for the five year period before filing for naturalization (three years for the spouses of citizens).
  3. Residence for at least three months immediately preceding the filing for naturalization in the state in which the petition is filed.
  4. Physical presence within the U.S. for an total of at least half of the period of required continuous residence (two and a half years for most aliens, one and a half years for spouses of citizens).
  5. Ability to read, write, and speak ordinary English.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of the history and government of the U.S.
  7. Good moral character and acceptance of the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
  8. Continuous residence (again, not the same as with physical presence) in the U.S. from the date of filing the naturalization application until actual admission to citizenship.
  9. 18 years of age at the time of filing for naturalization.

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