The path to U.S. citizenship, or naturalization, is difficult. Immigration laws change often, and applications are subject to much scrutiny. Security threats have tightened restrictions and led the federal government to put even more challenges in place for those seeking citizenship. It’s critical that you have an experienced Massachusetts naturalization lawyer on your side to help you navigate this complex journey to becoming a legal citizen of the United States.
At Brooks Law, we have the skills and resources to guide you through the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Our Massachusetts immigration attorneys have a proven track record of successfully handling complicated naturalization cases, applying for proof of citizenship with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and fighting citizenship claims in court to stop deportation.
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Naturalization is the process by which lawful U.S. permanent residents may apply to become U.S. citizens. The process involves a number of qualification requirements and extensive documentation. Once you are approved and sworn in, you become a U.S. citizen.
The naturalization process is managed by the USCIS, which is a part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. USCIS allows foreign nationals who are age 18 or older to naturalize as U.S. citizens. However, usually, when an individual is born outside the U.S. to parents who are already U.S. citizens, that child is able to obtain a citizenship certificate.
You can apply for naturalization if you meet the following requirements:
Depending on your specific situation, additional requirements may apply. A naturalization attorney from Brooks Law can review your specific requirements and go over the naturalization process in detail with you.
The entire naturalization process typically takes approximately 8 to 12 months. However, this is an estimate. Processing times can vary.
Benefits to Family Members
Naturalization offers several benefits to family members, including:
Citizenship for your children
Your children under the age of 18 who are permanent residents automatically become U.S. citizens when you naturalize.
After becoming a U.S. citizen, you can file immigration petitions with the government to reunite with family members. U.S. lawful permanent residents (aka LPRs or Green Card holders) may file petitions only for their spouses, unmarried adult sons and daughters, and minor children. However, U.S. citizens can also petition for more family members such as siblings, parents, and married adult children.
Many immigrants feel a strong cultural connection to the country they came from. However, becoming an American citizen does not mean you have to lose your heritage. Many foreign countries allow dual citizenship so that you can maintain your status in your home country and the U.S.
Applying for U.S. citizenship can be a complicated and stressful process. The documentation requirements alone can be time-consuming and confusing. An experienced naturalization lawyer from Brooks Law can explain which documents must be filed in your particular case. An attorney can make sure that you have all of the required documents in order when you apply.
According to the USCIS, the documents to bring to your naturalization interview include:
Depending on your unique case, you might need to submit other documents with your application. The USCIS states that the other documents may include:
While the process can be complicated, our skilled naturalization lawyer will review and help you obtain the documents that are necessary for your application.
The U.S. naturalization process is very involved. If you want to become a naturalized citizen, you need to understand all aspects of the process to ensure you are meeting all of the requirements.
You will need to fill out Form N-400 to apply to become a naturalized citizen. When you submit the N-400, you will be given an appointment for biometrics, during which your fingerprints will be taken. You will then have to go to an interview. When you go into the interview, you will have to take a test unless you qualify for an exemption. The test helps to determine whether you know how to speak, read, and write English in an acceptable manner. You will also be required to take a civics test.
After you have completed this process, you will have to wait for the decision to come in from the USCIS. If you are approved, you will take the Oath of Allegiance and become a citizen.
The naturalization process can be extremely complex. Mistakes or missed deadlines during the naturalization process can set you back and threaten your chances of attaining U.S. citizenship.
A knowledgeable and compassionate naturalization attorney from Brooks Law will effectively guide you through the requirements, tests, applications, and other procedures to minimize the difficulties associated with the process. Call Brooks Law now to speak with an attorney about your situation.
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