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How to establish U.S. citizenship through naturalization

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Immigration Law

Becoming a U.S. citizen through naturalization is a major milestone for those who were born outside the United States but wish to make America their permanent home.

Naturalization gives individuals a sense of belonging and security. It also enables them to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Meeting eligibility requirements

Before applying for naturalization, individuals must meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements may include being a lawful permanent resident for a certain period. Applicants also must demonstrate good moral character and be able to speak, read and write basic English. They also must be willing to uphold the principles of the U.S. Constitution and swear allegiance to the United States.

Completing the naturalization process

The naturalization process begins with completing and submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. After receiving the application, USCIS will schedule an interview with the applicant to review eligibility and conduct a citizenship test. The test assesses the applicant’s knowledge of U.S. history, government and civics. If approved, the applicant will attend a naturalization ceremony where they will take the Oath of Allegiance and receive their Certificate of Naturalization.

Understanding the benefits

Obtaining U.S. citizenship through naturalization offers many advantages. Some of these include the right to vote in federal elections, eligibility for federal jobs, access to certain government benefits and the ability to sponsor family members for immigration. U.S. citizens also enjoy greater protection under U.S. law, including the right to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation.

By understanding the naturalization process, applicants can work toward becoming U.S. citizens. They can also make valuable contributions to the nation’s economy and culture.