Citizenship & Naturalization

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Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Before you apply for naturalization, you must meet a few requirements. Depending on your situation, there are different requirements that may apply. An applicant for naturalization must:

Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing;

Prove that you have been a green card holder and that you have continuously lived in the United States for five years or more right before the time of your application. (In some cases, this may be three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.)

Have lived within the state in which you are filing for at least three months prior to the date of filing;

Be present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the five years immediately preceding the date of your application;

Continue to live in the United States from the time of your application until you are naturalized;

Be able to read, write, and speak English, and have knowledge and an understanding of U.S. history and government, otherwise known as civics; and

Have good moral character, honor the U.S. Constitution, and be willing to take part in the happiness and good order of the United States during all relevant periods under the law.

Naturalized U.S. citizens have all the rights and privileges as citizens born in the United States. A naturalized U.S. citizen can vote, travel with a U.S. passport, run for elective office where citizenship is required, participate on a jury, become eligible for federal and certain law enforcement jobs, obtain certain federal and state benefits not available to non-citizens, acquire citizenship for minor children born overseas, and increase and expedite their ability to bring family members to the United States.

If your application is approved, you will be scheduled to appear at a ceremony so that the Oath of Allegiance may be administered. If your application is denied, the immigration officer reviewing your application must issue a written denial notice to you or your representative. The notice will provide the reasons why your application was denied and information on how you may request a review hearing.

If you or a loved one is in need of one or more of our immigration law services related to naturalization or the denial of a naturalization application, contact one of the Central Pennsylvania Immigration Attorneys or call (717) 208-2622 or contact us online today for your free and confidential consultation.