Naturalization & Citizenship

Naturalization & Citizenship

Becoming a U.S. Citizen Through Naturalization

Naturalization is the process to become a U.S. citizen if you were born outside of the United States. If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth.

Eligibility

To apply for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time you file the application;

  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for the past three or five years (depending on which naturalization category you are applying under);

  • Have continuous residence and physical presence in the United States;

  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English;

  • Demonstrate good moral character;

  • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government;

  • Demonstrate a loyalty to the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and

  • Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.

 

Applying for Certificate of Citizenship

If you meet certain requirements, you may become a U.S. citizen either at birth or after birth.

If you are claiming U.S. citizenship based on your birth abroad to U.S. citizen parents, the law in effect on the date of your birth applies. For purposes of these provisions, you must be the biological child of your U.S. citizen parent and different provisions apply depending on whether you were born in wedlock or out-of-wedlock.

If you are claiming U.S. citizenship after birth, but before you reached 18 years of age, the law in effect when the last qualifying condition was met is the law that applies to you. Generally, the conditions are listed below. These conditions must be met before you turn 18 years of age:

1. Your parent must be a U.S. citizen;

2. You must be the biological child of that U.S. citizen parent;

3. You must be lawfully admitted to the United States for lawful permanent residence;

4. You must be living in the United States in the legal and physical custody of your U.S. citizen parent.

FEATURED EXPERIENCE NATURALIZATION AND CITIZENSHIP CASES:

  • Successfully completed more than 300 naturalization cases.

  • Successfully completed more than dozens of citizenship cases when the applicant acquired citizenship after birth.

  • Successfully completed more than dozens of naturalization cases when the applicant had previous criminal convictions.

  • Successfully completed more than several naturalization cases when the applicant had failed to pay taxes continues residence.

  • Successfully completed more than several naturalization cases when the applicant has been absent from the United States for more than 6 months but less than 1 year.

  • Successfully completed more than dozens of naturalization cases when the applicant requested an exception to the English and civics testing requirements for naturalization because of physical or developmental disability or mental impairment.

  • Resolved successfully an application for naturalization that was pending for more than 5 years due to alleged national security concerns by USCIS filed office in Jacksonville FL and Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

What is the Attorney's Assistance in a Naturalization Case?

  • An attorney can assist you by making sure that the application for naturalization is filled out properly;

  • He will make sure that all necessary documentation are submitted in a timely manner;

  • The advice of an attorney is important to discuss the consequences of previous convictions, failure to pay taxes, continues residence and physical presence in the United States, and other grounds ineligibility to become a U.S. Citizen;

  • Prepare for the interview and attend the interview with the applicant to make sure that all facts and legal arguments are properly presented to the immigration officer.

Helpful links:

Study Materials and Resources for Naturalization Test

https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/find-study-materials-and-resources 

The Naturalization Interview and Test

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=SDb9_CqPUTQ&feature=emb_logo 

Dual Nationality  

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/Advice-about-Possible-Loss-of-US-Nationality-Dual-Nationality/Dual-Nationality.html 

Contact Us 

To discuss your Naturalization & Citizenship case with an experienced Jacksonville immigration attorney from Gjoka Law Firm, feel free to contact us by email at ag@ag-legal.com or call us at 904-351-8749.