The Final Step Of Your Immigration Journey Is Naturalization And Citizenship
Among the most rewarding experiences for a U.S. immigration and naturalization lawyer is to see a client win American citizenship. But the road toward citizenship can sometimes be long and difficult; your case will take years and may require you to tackle challenges you had not anticipated. Your lawyer should be there at every step to help you navigate the challenges and avoid the pitfalls in the immigration system.
It takes a law firm with experienced and skilled attorneys to handle immigration; it is even more important in the more challenging cases. Margaret W. Wong & Associates, LLC, is one of the premier immigration law firms in the United States. Our attorneys have 200 combined years of experience in immigration issues and have helped tens of thousands of immigrants.
What Is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process you undergo to gain U.S. citizenship. The process is a requirement for virtually all immigrants over the age of 18.
You must fulfill one of the following circumstances to apply for naturalization:
- You have U.S. permanent residency (aka “green card”) and have lived in the United States for five years.
- You have asylum and have lived in the United States for four years.
- You are the spouse of a U.S. citizen and have lived in the country for at least three years.
- You are a permanent resident, have served in the United States military, and have been in the country for three years.
If you qualify, you must prove that you have sufficient knowledge of U.S. history and government and can speak, read and write in English. Our immigration and naturalization defense lawyers can guide you through this process.
Are There Other Routes To Citizenship?
There are a few ways to become a U.S. citizen without going through naturalization, but most apply only to children. For example, some children born overseas can gain citizenship because their parents are U.S. citizens. However, there is a complex formula for determining whether such children can gain citizenship.
We Are Here To Be A Resource For Immigrants Nationwide
Our firm practices from seven different offices across the country, offering experienced and dedicated advice to immigrants whenever possible. We understand the frustrations and the excitements of the naturalization process; many of us are naturalized citizens. Schedule an appointment with us today.