To become a U.S. citizen, you must first complete and file an application for citizenship (Form N-400) with the USCIS. The immigration attorneys at Ervin Kibria PLLC will work with you to complete Form N-400 with step by step guidance.
Once your application is approved, you will be scheduled to take the U.S. citizenship test and interview. Once you pass, you will attend a Naturalization Ceremony where you will take the Oath of Allegiance and officially become a U.S. citizen.
The attorneys at Ervin Kibria PLLC have extensive experience in filing successful citizenship applications. During our initial consultation, we will gladly walk you through the process of filing the petition and then applying for permanent residence and help develop a clear strategy on how to achieve a successful result in your case.
What are the requirements for citizenship?
There are five basic requirements to become a U.S. citizen, a process called naturalization. These requirements are:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a green card for 5 years (3 if married to a U.S. citizen)
- Have lived continuously in the U.S. for the past 5 years
- Have been physically present in the U.S. for the past 30 months
- Meet the good moral character requirement
Is it possible to get U.S. citizenship if you do not meet one of these requirements?
While 90 percent of U.S. citizenship applicants meet the basic requirements, there are special circumstances that could make you eligible. People who have served in the U.S. military or are relatives of those who have served might be able to apply for citizenship without meeting some of the physical presence or residence requirements.
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What is Form N-400?
The application for U.S. citizenship is the USCIS Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Completing this application and filing it with the government (along with supporting documents) is the first part of the naturalization process. Once your application is approved, you will be scheduled for the citizenship test and interview, and then take the Citizenship Oath.
What is the citizenship test & interview?
After your application for U.S. citizenship is approved, you will be scheduled for a citizenship test and interview. The citizenship test is two part: English language (speaking, reading, writing) and U.S. history and civics. The interview is a series of simple questions, many of which you may have already answered on your application.
How long does it take to become a U.S. citizen?
In most cases, it takes about six months to become a citizen from the time you file your application with the USCIS. However, there is always the possibility of the process taking longer due to backlogs in applications or other delays. The sooner you speak to an immigration attorney at Ervin Kibria PLLC, the sooner we can begin the processing of applying for your U.S. citizenship.
Protecting and Securing Your Rights as an Immigrant
The attorneys and legal team at Ervin Kibria, P.L.L.C. are compassionate and dedicated to each and every client. Regardless of your current immigration need or situation, we will work aggressively to help you achieve the best outcome in your legal situation.
Immigrants that have been deported or have had various rights denied due to residency, citizenship or other immigration issues might find themselves in a difficult and frustrating battle with serious and potentially damaging personal, professional, and financial complications. To ensure that such issues do not arise, for any and all immigrants currently living or desiring to live in the United States, it is imperative that an immigrant secures and solidifies their legal status and rights. If there is even a remote possibility that any complications may exist or arise that could potentially compromise a person’s legal status and rights, they must be dealt with quickly and carefully.
Our experienced counsel is here to help you understand your rights, the immigration challenges or processes you are currently facing, and the ideal course of legal action for you. If you, a family member or someone you know is faced with complications regarding legal status in Washington D.C., Virginia or Maryland, contact us today for a free consultation to understand how skilled representation can be a valuable tool in such situations.