NATURALIZATION

FAQs

Almost all permanent residents are eligible to obtain citizenship on the fifth anniversary of obtaining legal permanent resident status. The only exception is for those who have been granted resident status as a result of marriage to a U.S. citizen and are still married to a U.S. citizen three years after becoming a conditional resident.

Before applying for naturalization, there are many factors to consider, such as how you became a permanent resident, the history of your travels since you became a permanent resident, and whether you are considered by the immigration service to be a person of good moral character. We have helped many clients obtain naturalization in the U.S. and also helped them determine the best time to apply for naturalization. Contact us to schedule a free consultation so that we can analyze your specific situation.

Not necessarily. There are certain crimes that deprive you of the right to become a US citizen, and there are crimes that can put you at risk of going to immigration court and losing your place of residence. However, not all crimes are treated equally by immigration, and the time of the crimes is also important. Contact us to discuss your criminal history so that we can advise you on how to proceed in your case.

You will need to provide a copy of your residence card and a full copy of your passport with a detailed description of your travel to and from the country. Depending on your specific circumstances, additional documents may be required.

Yes. You can travel while your application for naturalization is pending. There may be times when it would be unwise to travel for an extended period of time during this process. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

After you submit the request, you will need to submit biometric data. You will receive a notification indicating the date and time when this can be done. You can go to the office listed in the notification as soon as you receive a biometrics notification. You don’t have to wait for an appointment.

 

At some point in the future, you will be called for a naturalization interview with an immigration officer. The officer will check you on U.S. history, on your understanding of the English language and ask various questions about you. We have helped many clients prepare for a naturalization interview and will be happy to work with you in this regard.

The officer will ask several different questions about your past, such as how you became a resident, where you live, when you were born, etc. The officer will also ask you no more than ten questions about U.S. history. A list of all the questions and answers an officer can extract from can be found at

https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Office%20of%20Citizenship/Citizenship%20Resource%20Center%20Site/Publications. /100q.pdf.

Additional questions will also be asked to check your good morale. We have worked with many clients to prepare them for a naturalization interview, and will be happy to work with you. Contact us so we can assist you in this process.

 You will not become a U.S. citizen until you take the oath of naturalization. This is usually scheduled within a month of the naturalization interview. Different jurisdictions have different time frames when they plan naturalization oath ceremonies.

Immediately after the naturalization sworn in ceremony, you will be able to apply for a U.S. passport. Usually there are people in the local immigration service who can help you with this process. We have helped many clients obtain U.S. passports and will be happy to assist you in this regard. Contact us for a free consultation.

In the United States, dual citizenship is allowed. If your home country does not allow this, there is no reason why you would lose your citizenship of another origin after being sworn in as a U.S. citizen.