U.S. citizenship, a legal status that endows specific rights, duties, protections, and benefits to individuals within the boundaries of the United States, is defined in multiple ways. According to 42 USC § 9102(18), a U.S. citizen is any individual who acquires citizenship by law, birth, or naturalization.
This definition is further substantiated by the 14th Amendment, stating that all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to its jurisdiction, are citizens of the U.S. and the State wherein they reside. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also grants citizenship status through a process called naturalization, where a lawful permanent resident meets specific requirements established by law.
Federal Immigration Counselors, P.C. is well-equipped to help you navigate the citizenship and navigation process. We have a team of bilingual attorneys who can help you understand what you or your family members need to do to become a citizen and assist you with the application process from start to finish. With over 30 years of experience in the immigration law field, our friendly legal team has a deep understanding of the procedures and documentation required, and we will leverage that knowledge to help you reach your goals.
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In order to become a U.S. citizen, you must meet certain eligibility requirements that are set by federal law, as well as by the state in which you are applying.
The federal eligibility requirements include:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
- Be a permanent resident for at least five years
- Have lived within the state for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing the application
- Be able to read, write, and speak English, and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government
- Be a person of good moral character
It’s important to note that there are exemptions and modifications to these requirements. For instance, individuals with certain disabilities can be exempted from the English and civics testing requirements or qualify for a disability accommodation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Meeting with one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys can help you better understand your options.
How Do I Apply for Citizenship?
Once you have determined that you meet the eligibility requirements, you must begin the process of applying for citizenship. To apply, one must complete and submit Form N-400, known as the Application for Naturalization. This form can be filed online, making the process more accessible and convenient.
After submitting the form and paying the filing fee (unless you qualify for an exemption), applicants are required to provide their biometric information. The final step in the application process is the citizenship by naturalization interview, which evaluates the applicant’s understanding of U.S. history and government, as well as their ability to read, write, and speak English.
Navigating the U.S. citizenship application process can be a daunting task, riddled with complex legal jargon and meticulous procedural requirements. Hiring our citizenship and naturalization attorneys in Phoenix can help ease this journey. Not only are we well-versed in immigration laws, but we also have a clear understanding of the naturalization process.
We can help ensure that your application is free from errors, which could lead to delays or rejections. Furthermore, our attorneys can prepare you for the citizenship interview, providing insights into potential questions and assisting you in articulating appropriate responses—and represent you throughout the process for a sense of comfort and confidence.
In complex cases where issues such as prior legal infractions may affect your eligibility, our legal team can prove invaluable. At Federal Immigration Counselors, P.C., we’re committed to providing reassurance and guidance throughout your path to citizenship.
Call our team today at (602) 254-5353 to schedule a consultation.