Citizenship & Naturalization

A path to citizenship: Helping clients with Green Cards apply to become naturalized citizens of the US.

Citizenship & Naturalization

Citizenship is a unique process that allows foreign nationals of different countries an opportunity to become lawful U.S. Citizens. Technically called ‘Naturalization,’ they are required to:

  • Owe their allegiance to the Country.
  • Must exercise their responsibilities and rights as citizens.
  • Are entitled to its protection.

Naturalizing to become a U.S. Citizen also brings in multiple benefits like:.

  • Right to vote in U.S. elections.
  • Ability to travel using a U.S. passport.
  • Multiple options to sponsor family members with U.S. immigration benefits.
  • The advantage of availing citizenship for children born outside the U.S.

Who qualifies for Naturalization?

To qualify as a citizen of the United States under the Naturalization process, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old while submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  • Prove that you have been a lawfully admitted permanent resident for a minimum of the last five years in the United States. Or three years if you were admitted as a permanent resident through marriage to a US Citizen.
  • Must prove continuous residence in the United States over the last five years or three years immediately before filing for your Form N-400.
  • Show your physical presence for at least the last 30 months out of the past five years in the United States, immediately before the date you file Form N-400.
  • Prove your existence in a USCIS district or a state having jurisdiction over your place of residence for a minimum of three months.
  • Show that you have been a person of good moral character for at least five years, immediately before filing in the Form N-400.
  • Demonstrate an attachment to the ideals and principles of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Be able to write, read, and speak basic English.
  • Have understanding and knowledge of the historical fundamentals, a form of government, and civic understanding of the United States.
    Take an Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
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Exceptions To The Naturalization Process?

If you are a student and depend financially on your parents, you can apply for naturalization where your family lives or your school.Due to their time and age as an LPR, certain applicants are excluded from taking the English test for naturalization and may instead opt for the civics test in the language of their choice.

Application Process?

The process of Naturalization primarily consists of three main steps:

  • Filing Form N-400: You must fill in the N-400 form with USCIS via online or paper application to begin the application process.
  • Attending Biometrics Appointment: Following the process, you’ll receive a mail for attending a mandatory biometrics appointment, post 4 to 6 weeks after filing the Form N-400.
  • Attending Naturalization Interview: Once done with the second step, applicants are then invited to participate in the naturalization interview, where you’ll have to answer various questions about your application. Here, you’ll also perform your English proficiency test as well as your civics test.
  • Oath of Allegiance Ceremony: Following the Naturalization process, the applicants are then invited to attend an Oath-taking ceremony where you oath to defend and support the constitution, among other things.
  • Once the process is concluded, applicants then receive their Certificate of Naturalization.
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Processing Time for Naturalization

Since the final step in the process of Naturalization as a U.S. Citizen requires you to be sworn in as a U.S. citizen during the Oath of Allegiance ceremony, the process becomes time-consuming. It might take anywhere between 18.5 to 24 months before you become a U.S. citizen.

Since its inception, the Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC, an NYC-based immigration law practice, has helped multiple permanent residents get their citizenship via naturalization. As a result, our attorneys have a vivid idea of the pitfalls and do’s and don’ts of a citizenship application , allowing us to assist applicants with using exemplary practices in their application.

Because a lot of our work at the Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy, PLLC, is around immigration and citizenship, we are in a unique position to offer our clients the best chances of success.

For more information, contact The Law Offices of Prashanthi Reddy at prashanthi@reddyesq.com or by calling 212-354-1010.

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