Immigrants come to the United States for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are temporary and other times people come with the intention of staying permanently and becoming a citizen. Individuals who come to the United States and obtain citizenship are granted certain rights and opportunities that they would not have elsewhere. Continue reading and contact an experienced New York City immigration lawyer to learn more about this process and how it can benefit you.
Do I Qualify for Naturalization?
The process of becoming a citizen is known as naturalization. It is important to know that an individual must meet specific criteria in order to become a citizen. This includes the following:
- Prove to be committed to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
- Be able to communicate through reading, writing, and speaking basic English
- Have a satisfactory understanding of the United States government and history
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States
- Be at least 18 years old, and a permanent resident for at least 5 years
- Prove continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years before the date of filing Form N-400
- Prove to have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years before filing Form N-400
- Have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
- Demonstrate that you are a person of good moral character.
What are the Benefits of Being a United States Citizen?
When an immigrant is granted citizenship in the United States, they are given many different rights as well as responsibilities. These rights are freedoms that they can now enjoy as a citizen that they did not have before. The responsibilities are commitments that are made to the country in an effort to ensure that they are a part of helping democratic process of the nation, just as other citizens do. Some rights and responsibilities that are available after naturalization include:
- The right to vote
- Travel with a U.S. passport
- Bring family members to the United States
- Obtain citizenship for children under the age of 18 years old
- Apply for federal jobs
- Become an elected official
- Keep your residency, as citizens cannot be removed.
- Qualify for certain federal grants and scholarships
- Obtain government benefits
- Serve on a jury
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Cheryl R. David practices immigration law throughout NYC. Immigration is a sensitive issue, which is why you should consider a compassionate, experienced, and aggressive immigration attorney who will guide you every step of the way. If you have questions about your particular matters regarding immigration please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your circumstances and options.