Naturalization is an immigration process by which foreign nationals can become US citizens. Apart from a clean record, good moral character and familiarity with the English language and US history, the main criterion for eligibility is an extended period of residence in the United States. If approved, you have to take an oath of allegiance in order to "naturalize" and become a US citizen.
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The following is a list of immigration related legal services that might come in handy before and during the naturalization process:
Dealing with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) agency is not something a foreign national can do without an immigration lawyer's help. Someone who just came in on a visa cannot apply for citizenship. First, you need to apply for a green card for permanent residency and then live in the country for five years (3 years for those married to a US citizen.) Then you apply for naturalization by filling in the N-400 application form along with copies of all the required documents like the permanent residence card.
Your lawyer can make sure there is nothing missing or misstated on the application, and then prep you for the naturalization interview. If you application has been denied, you can appeal or request an administrative hearing.
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Did you know?
You can file a "motion to reopen" if you have been denied citizenship.
If your application for a visa, green card or citizenship has been denied and you have been asked to leave the country, a motion to reopen has to be filed within 90 days of the removal order. It reopens the case and allows you to introduce new evidence.