27 Sep Navigating The Path From Green Card To Citizenship
Navigating The Path From Green Card To Citizenship
Do you dream of one day becoming a U.S. citizen? If you already have your green card, you are well on your way to becoming a U.S. citizen if you so choose. Becoming a U.S. citizen is known as the U.S. naturalization process and can happen anytime three to five years after you have received your green card.
Applying for U.S. citizenship has many benefits, but it means that you will also be taking on some new responsibilities. If you’re interested in learning more about how to apply for U.S. citizenship and citizenship requirements then keep reading this article. We’ll cover everything you need to know to help you on your journey from green card to citizenship in the United States.
There are several citizenship requirements you will have to meet before you can apply for U.S. naturalization. These will include factors such as:
- How long have you physically lived in the U.S.
- Whether you served in the U.S. military
- How long you’ve had your green card
- You must pass an English language test and a civics test
- You must register with the selective services if you are male and aged between 18 and 25 years of age
Essentially, if you are a green card holder with no special circumstances, you can apply for U.S. citizenship at least five years after receiving your green card. You will have to have physically lived in the United States for at least two and a half of those five years. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you can apply for U.S. naturalization at least three years after receiving your green card. However, you will have to have lived in the U.S. for eighteen months of those three years.
If you believe you are eligible for U.S. naturalization, you will need to file the citizenship application known as Form N-400 and pay the filing fee (unless exempt). You will then set up a biometrics appointment to get your fingerprints taken at your local USCIS field office. This usually takes place a month after USCIS receives your application. Next, you will have a citizenship interview where a USCIS office will confirm that all the information on your application is correct. At the same time as your interview, you may also have to take a citizenship “exam”. The first component is an English language test, and the second is a civics test that will quiz you on your knowledge of U.S. history and how the government works. Once your application is approved, you will then need to attend an Oath of Allegiance ceremony. Please note, you will not become a U.S. citizen until you have completed this ceremony.
Are you interested in completing the U.S. naturalization process? You’ll want to consult with an experienced and knowledgeable immigration lawyer as the U.S. immigration system is notoriously complex. At Dominguez Law Firm, PLLC, they work with their clients to get them through the immigration process and work hard to achieve the best result possible. Contact them today for a free consultation to discuss your specific immigration needs and concerns.