Each year people from all over the world come to the United States to work, live, and begin the process of becoming American citizens. In the fiscal year of 2014, 654,949 individuals achieved naturalization. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have granted citizenship to over 6.5 million people during the last decade alone.
Becoming a U.S. citizen is an important decision that requires commitment, time, and a full understanding of the process required to obtain naturalization.
A person seeking citizenship must:
- Be 18 years or older. Children under the age of 18 whose parent is a US citizen can file a form (N-600) and automatically become a citizen.
- Have a green card for a minimum of five years and then file an application (N-400) to begin the process. In order to apply, a person must have a permanent residence in the United States for at least five years. Exception: a person whose spouse is a U.S. citizen may only have to live in the United States for three years before becoming naturalized.
- Be a person of good moral character.
- Pass a test that requires a general knowledge of United States history and government.
- Have an ability to speak, read, and write in English.
- Fulfill physical presence requirement of physically being in the U.S. for at least 30 months before applying. Military personnel who served for at least one year and apply for citizenship within a certain time after serving are exempt from the residence and physical presence requirements.
After meeting the requirements, proper documentation must be submitted for review by the USCIS who will set up an interview for each applicant. Those chosen to become Untied States citizens will be appointed a court date to stand before a judge to recite the required Oath of Citizenship. Once the oath has been recited in a court of law, the naturalization process is complete.
Philadelphia Immigration and Nationality Law Firm of Surin & Griffin, P.C. helps Clients Obtain U.S. Citizenship
The multilingual Philadelphia immigration lawyers of Surin & Griffin, P.C. are dedicated to assisting people who are seeking naturalization in the United States. We are committed to protecting the rights of our clients and will help them complete what it takes to obtain citizenship in the U.S. If you or someone you know needs legal help seeking U.S. Citizenship, call our immigration lawyers in Philadelphia at Surin & Griffin, P.C. at 215-925-4435, or complete our online contact form to schedule your consultation today. Conveniently located in center city Philadelphia, our offices are easily accessible by car and all forms of public transportation.