Immigrants from around the world seek citizenship in the United States, as it provides them with many freedoms and liberties they may not enjoy in their native countries. However, to become a citizen, you must first go through the naturalization process. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey immigration firm to learn more about naturalization, whether you qualify, and how we can help you through the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Will I qualify for naturalization?
To qualify for naturalization as a United States citizen, individuals must meet several qualifications. To become a U.S. citizen, you will have to do the following:
- Be at least 18 years old and a permanent resident for at least 5 of those years
- Prove your physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years before filing Form N-400.
- Prove you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply
- Prove that you are a person of good moral character.
- Demonstrate that you are committed to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
- Communicate in English, via reading, writing, and speaking.
- Have a sufficient understanding of United States civics and history.
- Prove your continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years before the date of filing Form N-400.
What are the benefits and duties of becoming a U.S. citizen?
When you are granted naturalization, you have a wealth of benefits, as well as obligations to our country to look forward to. Some of the most prominent benefits and duties of a U.S. citizen are as follows:
- You may now qualify for certain federal scholarships and grants
- You can now obtain certain government benefits
- Jury duty: This one of the highest duties a U.S. citizen can hold. Our democratic process is what makes our country free.
- U.S. citizens are granted the right to vote
- You may now travel with a U.S. passport
- Bring family members into the United States
- Obtain citizenship for children who are younger than 18 years old
- Apply for federal jobs
- Become an elected official
- Keep your residency here in the United States for good.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
We understand how much is on the line when clients face matters related to immigration. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for matters regarding immigration, please contact the Law Offices of Salvatore A. Falletta, LLC and we would be happy to provide you with assistance. Our firm is located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.