Citizenship & Naturalization

Citizenship can be obtained through birth in the United States, the naturalization process, or as a derivative of a U.S. citizen parent in certain circumstances.

There are many benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen, including the ability to travel with a U.S. passport, vote in U.S. elections, and help family members immigrate and live in this country as permanent residents. Citizens can also obtain certain government benefits and reside outside of the country for an extended period of time without requiring advance permission from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

If you plan to live permanently in the United States, there are critical reasons to apply for citizenship at your earliest opportunity. Many lawful permanent residents are eligible to naturalize but need support and/or advice from an expert in immigration and nationality law to represent them throughout the process.

What is naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign national after he or she fulfills certain statutory requirements. A lawful permanent resident can be eligible for naturalization after five years in permanent status (or three years in permanent status if married to a U.S. citizen or under other certain limited circumstances), demonstrating good moral character, passing a test on American history and government, and demonstrating an ability to read and write in English.

What is derivative citizenship?

Under certain circumstances, a child under the age of 18 who was born outside the U.S. may acquire citizenship if that child has at least one parent, including an adoptive parent, who is a U.S. citizen by birth or through naturalization.

Naturalization can be a challenging process, but a knowledgeable immigration lawyer at Goren & Barreto will answer all your questions and help prepare you to pass the required tests.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get the advice you need to make an informed decision.