If you immigrated to the United States and are interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible for U.S. citizenship through a process called naturalization. Becoming a U.S. citizen is often the ultimate goal for immigrants as it allows them to enjoy all of the rights and benefits of U.S. Citizenship which include the right to vote and serve on a jury. If you would like to learn more about the naturalization process, please consult a Tampa naturalization lawyer at our firm today.
In order to be eligible for naturalization, you must meet several requirements including those listed below:
- Lawful permanent residency for five years or more (or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen)
- Residence for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply
- Continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years prior to filing your application
- Physical presence in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years prior to filing your application
- Ability to read, write, and speak basic English
- Basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics)
- Good moral character
- Support for the U.S. government and Constitution
Although most applicants will need to meet all of the above requirements, an applicant may qualify for an exemption to some of the requirements based on his or her age, length of lawful permanent residency, medical condition, or religious beliefs.
Another way to become a U.S. citizen after birth is by deriving citizenship through your parents. In this case, you would not need to apply for naturalization since you are already a U.S. citizen and would instead apply for a Certificate of Citizenship. There are various requirements that must be met in order to automatically derive citizenship through your parents. If you think you may have derived citizenship through your parents, call us to speak to a U.S. Citizenship lawyer in Tampa, FL.
If you would like to learn more about the citizenship and naturalization process and discuss your eligibility, please contact our office today to consult a naturalization lawyer in Tampa, FL.