Naturalization is the process in which immigrants can become U.S. citizens. In order to obtain U.S. citizenship, a foreign national must meet certain requirements set out in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Because this process can be detailed and complex, an immigration attorney in Houston can be beneficial to assist through the naturalization process.
What are the qualifications?
In order to start the process, a foreign citizen must first meet certain qualifications. A quality naturalization attorney will assist in navigating these complex requirements. First, you must have been a permanent U.S. citizen for at least 5 years or have been married to a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years. Or, you have met the U.S. military service requirement. If you meet any of these qualifications, you can check the requirements list to make sure you are a candidate for naturalization.
What are the requirements?
Once you have determined that you qualify for naturalization, the next step is to check the requirements to ensure you can apply. The requirements to apply for naturalization are:
- You must have been physically present in the U.S. for 30 months out of the 5 years (or 18 months if you are married to a U.S. citizen)
- You have lived at your current address for at least the last 3 months
- You are at least 18 years old
- You have good moral character
- You can read, write and speak basic English
- You have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government
- You can support the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
- You can pledge an oath of allegiance to the U.S.
If you have confirmed that you are qualified to apply for naturalization, and you have met all the necessary requirements, the next step is to apply for naturalization. You will need to fill out an application and provide all necessary evidence and documentation that it requires, along with any fees. If your application is accepted, an interview will be scheduled and you will be asked questions about your application. You will also need to take several tests, including speaking, reading, writing, and civics, as well as a biometric screening.
Do I need an Immigration Attorney?
As you can see, the process towards naturalization is quite complex and arduous. A naturalization attorney in Houston can be a helpful resource for explaining in detail the entire naturalization process and each step to take as it comes. At Davis & Associates, we are highly experienced in immigration law and the naturalization process. Please contact our office to speak to an expert Houston immigration lawyer who can assist you with all your naturalization questions and concerns.