Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen by fulfilling requirements set forth by Congress. If you were not born a citizen, and cannot claim citizenship through a parent’s citizenship status or other legal grounds, you must complete the naturalization process in order to gain U.S. citizenship. An experienced naturalization and citizenship lawyer in New York can review your specific situation, though the following are the basic steps in the naturalization process:
1. Prove you are eligible to be naturalized.
Eligibility requirements include:
- You have been a lawful permanent resident for five years or longer and meet all other requirements.
- You have been a permanent resident for at least three years and meet all other requirements if you are the spouse of a U.S. citizen.
- You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other requirements.
- Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
2. File your application and complete fingerprinting.
3. Complete your citizenship interview.
During this interview, an officer of Citizenship and Immigration Services will ask you questions about your application and background to confirm your eligibility for citizenship.
4. Take the English and civics tests.
5. Take the Oath of Allegiance.
If you pass your interview and tests, you will be given a ceremony date. At the ceremony, you will officially become a U.S. citizen by taking the Oath of Allegiance and turning in your green card. You might also be asked about what you have been doing since your citizenship interview.
Speak with the Right Citizenship Lawyer in New York
Nicklaus Misiti is a New York attorney with extensive experience in naturalization. He serves clients in Dutchess County, Ulster County, and Orange County. Please call 212.537.4407 (NYC) or 845.926.1177 (Poughkeepsie) or contact us online to schedule your consultation with one of New York’s leading immigration lawyers.