There are only a handful of ways to become a U.S. citizen. For those who aren't citizens by birth, naturalization — that is, the process for becoming a citizen — can be complicated. In general, you must first obtain a green card (lawful permanent residency). You can then apply for citizenship after a certain period of time.
However, not everyone who has a green card is eligible for citizenship. You must demonstrate that you meet the residency requirements and have good moral character, among other qualifications.
If you have questions about your eligibility for citizenship or are planning to apply, contact an immigration attorney at the Law Offices of Kelly & Conte. We will address your concerns and ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Why Consider Citizenship?
Citizenship isn't for everyone. However, if you want to build a long-term life in the United States, it's worth considering.
Unlike a green card — which you could lose if you're outside the country for long enough or if you commit certain crimes — you can't lose your citizenship. It's permanent unless you voluntarily give it up.
Other benefits to citizenship include:
- The right to vote in U.S. elections
- The ability to petition for certain relatives to immigrate to the United States
- Eligibility for certain types of financial aid
- Eligibility for government jobs
What's Involved In Becoming A Citizen?
Naturalization involves multiple steps. In addition to preparing a detailed application — which can be a significant hurdle in itself — you must:
- Attend an interview with an immigration official
- Pass English and civics tests (unless you qualify for an exception)
- Take an oath of allegiance
When you work with our lawyers, we will make sure you're well-prepared for the entire process.
Get Help With Citizenship Issues
For assistance with any citizenship-related matters, contact our office in West Chester, Pennsylvania: call 610-314-7066 or toll free 800-648-9946. We offer free initial consultations. Se habla español