Requirements to Become a U.S. Citizen
Immigation Attorneys Serving Los Angeles
One of the paths to citizenship is through naturalization. Naturalization
is the conferring of U.S. citizenship after birth, meaning you were not
born a U.S. citizen.
Generally, as a foreign citizen or national you may become a U.S. citizen
through the process of naturalization if you:
- Are 18 years old or older
- Are a Lawful Permanent Resident (“Green Card Holder”)
- Have at least 5 years of continuous residence in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident
- Have at least 30 months of physical presence in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident
- Pass the English and US. Civic Examination (unless you qualify for an exception
- Have good moral character for at least 5 years prior to applying for citizenship
A prior conviction, including an arrest may make you ineligibility for
U.S. citizenship. Additionally, immigration may presume that you have
abandoned your U.S. residence as a
lawful permanent residence if you remained out of the U.S. for an extended period of time, and consequently
Immigration may deny you U.S. citizenship.
It is crucial to
consult with an immigration attorney before applying for U.S. citizenship because immigration may not only
deny your citizenship application, but may also terminate your lawful
permanent residence and commence deportation or removal proceedings.
Get started by calling our Los Angeles immigration lawyers today at
562-445-4870! Se habla español.