The naturalization process gives you the chance to enjoy all of the rights and privileges that come with U.S. citizenship, except becoming president.
The advantages of becoming a U.S. citizen over a legal permanent resident are many. They include, but are not limited to, no need to renew your green card every ten years, risk of deportation is significantly reduced, easier travel and re-entry into the U.S., ability to take long trips outside the U.S. ability to petition more family members, ability of your green-card-holding children to become U.S. Citizens, ability to vote and to run for public office, ability to obtain federal jobs, grants, and other government benefits, preferential tax treatment, and the ability to obtain a U.S. Passport.
To become a citizen of the United States, you must:
* Be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing;
● Have maintained "good moral character" throughout your time in the U.S.;
● Be able to read and write English;
● Have a firm understanding of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. history and government;
● Have a favorable disposition towards the U.S.;
● You must also reside continuously for three months in the state (or the USCIS district ) where you filed your application for naturalization, and you must have resided in the U.S. for the entire period since you filed your application
● Unless you're married to a US citizen, you have to reside continuously in the U.S. for five years after you become a LPR before you can file your application for naturalization. On the other hand, if you're married to a U.S. citizen, you need only three years of continuous residence;
However, there are requirements for the marriage exception:
● You have to physically live with your spouse;
● You have to live together for at least three years before you take the naturalization examination or test;
● Your spouse has to be a U.S. citizen for the period between your application and examination dates.
The naturalization process seems straightforward, but immigration law is rarely simple and immigration laws are in a constant state of flux. At the Bustos Law Firm P.C., we work hard to eliminate as many potential problems with your application as possible.
We guide our clients throughout the naturalization process by helping them complete and submit the application for naturalization. We also help them prepare for the interview by getting them the information they need to study through booklets and classes. Our clients also perform mock interviews with us so they feel confident, and we accompany them to the interview.