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CITIZENSHIP AND NATURALIZATION (Form N-400 and Form-600):
A person who is not a U.S. citizen at birth may become a citizen of the United States by Naturalization. The process of Naturalization requires the filing of a Naturalization or Citizenship application with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once a person becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States, he or she acquires eligibility for most rights that are available to citizens who acquired their citizenship by birth. A naturalized citizen has every right that a born-citizen has, except for the right to run for the office of the president of the United States. Therefore, a naturalized citizen has the right to vote, to obtain a U.S passport, file immigration petition for eligible relatives, to hold government jobs, etc.
Eligibility for Naturalization.
To be eligible for naturalization, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Have lawful permanent residency for 5 years (and 3 years if permanent residency was acquired through marriage to a U.S. citizen and the qualifying marriage is intact. This means that alien and his or her citizen spouse still reside together, just as they did at the time of the adjustment.
- Have continuous residency for at least 5 years or 3 years for spouses of U.S citizens who obtained their permanent residency through marriage to the citizen spouse). In both cases, to meet permanent residency requirement, the applicant cannot leave the U.S. for trips of 6 months or longer;
- Applicant must have physical presence in the U.S for 30 months (18 months in the case of permanent resident who acquired status from a qualifying marriage above);
- Three months minimum residency in the immigration district or state in which the immigration office is located;
- Good moral character. Good moral character is an issue for any applicant for naturalization who has ever had any criminal issue. “Good moral character” is not specifically defined in the law, as Congress intended to give USCIS discretion to determine who meets good moral character for citizenship purposes. Congress, however, in INA section 3.16.10(b) delineated or describe conducts that will lead to a finding of lack of good moral character. Examples of criminal conduct that lead to finding of lack of moral character include: conviction for murder at any time, conviction for aggravated felony on or after November 29, 1990 (“aggravated felony include: murder, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, drug dealing, money laundering, crime of violence for which the term of imprisonment is at least one year, theft or burglary offense for which the term of imprisonment is at least one year, owning or supervising a prostitution business.
- Allegiance to U.S. constitution.
HOW TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP (Form N-400) and (Form N-600)
We handle the entire citizenship application process for you. In our first meeting, we discuss your general eligibility for naturalization, including all potential problems such as any criminal issues, continuous residence, physical presence in the United States, residence in the filing district, good moral character, and knowledge of English Language and civics. We prepare the appropriate naturalization application, whether Form N-400 or Form N-600 and submit required documents and fees. Form N-600 is used for recognition of U.S. citizenship for children of parents who naturalize while the children are under the age of 18 years. Weeks after submission of your naturalization application, you will be scheduled for biometric appointment where your fingerprint will be taken for background check. Once you are scheduled for citizenship interview, we have an in-office meeting where we thoroughly prepare you for your interview. At this appointment, we will go over any potential problems, such as criminal convictions or acts, or difficulty passing the English language requirement or the U.S. history test because of health, or age, or learning disability. We attend the citizenship application interview with you to ensure that your case goes smoothly.
Fee: The current filing fees for Form N-400 is $680 (which includes biometric fee), No fee for applicants who qualify through service in the Armed Forces. The fee for Form N-600 is $460 for biological child and $420 for adopted child.