When immigrants have had a status in the United States for a period of time, they may be able to seek naturalization. This process will give them the title of a citizen of the United States. For some people, this can be something they have been dreaming about for their whole lives. It can be important for parents that have adopted children from other countries. By having their children naturalized, they will finally be citizens of the country.
Before applying to become naturalized, you should review the requirements that are needed. These requirements involve a minimum residency requirement in the U.S. Applicants can meet the requirement of living in the U.S. for the past five years with a permanent residence status. They may also be eligible to apply for naturalization if they have lived in the country for four years due to the need for asylum. If applicants have lived in the U.S. for three years as a spouse to a U.S. citizen, they can also apply for naturalization. If an applicant has lived in the U.S. for three years, is considered to be a lawful permanent resident and has served in the military, they can apply for citizenship.
Why is my moral character reviewed?
Before an applicant is granted naturalization, they will have to be examined. Their character is reviewed to assess if they are a threat to the country. This can be seen through a criminal background check. For minor charges, individuals may not be penalized. However, if they are charged with a crime that goes against human nature this can show immoral behavior on their part. This has the ability to affect their eligibility for naturalization. Authorities will consider their history to decide if they are a good fit for a citizen of the United States. An applicant’s moral character can be compromised if they are convicted of a crime that involves murder, rape, assault or robbery. Since these crimes show that they go against the norms of society, they may display an immoral character that authorities do not accept. This can make you a bad candidate for citizenship and may disrupt your dream of becoming one.
Our firm understands 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.