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Becoming a citizen of the United States is a dream for many immigrants in this country. Naturalization allows lawful permanent residents (LPRs) or green card holders to obtain citizenship and all the rights associated with being an American citizen, so long as they meet all the requirements.
Since the application process can be quite complex, you should obtain legal assistance from an experienced immigration lawyer. If you are an LPR who is interested in becoming a U.S. citizen in Costa Mesa or Orange County, do not hesitate to let the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones increase your chances of achieving the American dream. With more than 15 years of experience, Attorney Komanapalli Jones has provided our clients attentive and personalized legal representation.
General Eligibility Requirements for Naturalization
Naturalization allows a foreign national in the United States to become a U.S. citizen. The most common path to citizenship through naturalization is to first be an LPR for at least five (5) years.
The following are the eligibility requirements for naturalization based on being an LPR for at least five years:
- Be 18 years of age or older when you submit Form N-400 (Application for Naturalization)
- Show proof of being a lawful permanent resident in the U.S. for at least five years
- Show proof of continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years prior the date you file Form N-400
- Demonstrate that you have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the five years before the date you file Form N-400
- Demonstrate that you lived at least three months in a state or USCIS district.
- Demonstrate that you are a person of good moral character in the present and for the last five years before the date you file Form N-400
- Show how you live by the ideals and principles of the U.S. Constitution
- Prove the ability to read, write, and speak basic English
- Understand U.S. history and civics
- Take an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.
If you are eligible, you must prepare Form N-400 and collect the necessary documents to demonstrate your eligibility for naturalization. Once you submit the form and documents, as well as pay the necessary fees, USCIS will notify you of your biometrics appointment, where you will be fingerprinted and photographed in order to conduct a background check.
Once all the preliminary steps are complete, USCIS will schedule an interview at a local USCIS office. At the interview, an USCIS officer will review your forms and documents, then ask you questions about your application. You will also take the English and civics test.
If USCIS approves Form-400, you will receive a notice to participate in the oath ceremony, which could potentially be the same day as your interview. If your application is denied, you will receive a notice that explains the reason for your denial. If you believe USCIS wrongfully denied your application, then you may appeal the decision.
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Once you become a U.S. citizen, you can obtain a U.S. passport, freely travel abroad, earn the right to vote, and bring other family members into the country. Our legal team is ready to help ensure you meet all the requirements and guide you through the complex legal process.
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