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The 3 Most Important Things to Know About U.S. Citizenship

The 3 Most Important Things to Know About U.S. Citizenship

PUBLISHED ON: January 28

The dream of becoming a U.S. citizen may seem like a daunting challenge. Navigating the complex procedure and successfully completing the application process can be overwhelming. However, with the dedicated legal assistance of immigration attorneys, like the team at Sverdloff Law Group, a citizenship journey can become more manageable. We are experienced in helping clients achieve their desired status in the U.S., and we’re ready to put our experience to work for you.

To provide a starting point for people beginning the citizenship process, here are the three most important things to know about U.S. citizenship.

  1. The Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

Citizenship signifies more than just a legal status; it is a bond that connects an individual to a nation, offering them the rights and privileges of being part of that country. For those wishing to establish such a connection with the United States, citizenship brings numerous benefits. These include the right to vote at federal and state levels, the ability to sponsor family members for immigration, and the ability to travel internationally without fear of jeopardizing the right to return.

  1. Eligibility Criteria for U.S. Citizenship

To embark on the path to U.S. citizenship, certain prerequisites must be met:

  • Lawful Permanent Residence: Applicants must hold a green card for a minimum of three to five years, depending on specific circumstances.
  • Continuous U.S. Residence: A continuous residence in the United States for at least five years preceding the application is required, with minimal time spent abroad.
  • Physical Presence: Applicants need to demonstrate a physical presence in the country for at least half of the five years before applying.
  • Good Moral Character: Applicants must exhibit good moral standing, free from criminal activities or unfulfilled financial obligations such as unpaid taxes or child support.
  • Oath of Allegiance: Willingness to pledge an oath of allegiance to the United States is essential, affirming acceptance of the principles of the U.S. Constitution and demonstrating loyalty to the country.
  1. The Citizenship Application Process

The path to U.S. citizenship, also known as naturalization, includes a few critical steps:

  • Application Submission: The journey begins with the completion and submission of the citizenship application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), along with necessary supporting documents and fees.
  • USCIS Review: Upon receipt of the application, USCIS reviews the submitted materials and schedules a biometric fingerprint appointment and an interview if everything is in order.
  • Interview and Tests: Applicants undergo an interview where their knowledge of the U.S. government, history, and English language skills are tested.
  • Oath Ceremony: Successful completion of the interview and tests leads to a swearing-in ceremony where applicants officially become U.S. citizens and receive a certificate of naturalization.

How Sverdloff Law Group Can Assist

The path to citizenship may seem complex, but you do not have to walk it alone. At Sverdloff Law Group, our experienced immigration lawyers are well-versed in the intricacies of the citizenship process. We provide personalized guidance every step of the way, ensuring all necessary documents are correctly prepared and submitted and that all procedural requirements are met.

If you are considering citizenship, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our seasoned attorneys. We will provide the personalized assistance required to navigate the application process successfully. Contact our Chicago citizenship lawyers today and take the first step towards achieving your goal of U.S. citizenship.

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