The goal of many immigrants in the United States after securing a visa is to pursue citizenship and permanent residency in the U.S. There are a number of additional benefits attached to citizenship that are not given under a visa or lawful permanent residency, making the accomplishment of citizenship a desirable one. Below, our Washington D.C. immigration team tells you everything you need to know about the process.
What To Expect
There are two main ways someone can obtain citizenship in the U.S - naturalization and applying for citizenship outright.
Naturalization is typically pursued by lawful permanent residents in order to transition their legal status to a U.S. citizen. In order to do so, there are four possible criteria lawful permanent residents can meet to be eligible for naturalization. These include:
- Being a lawful permanent resident for a minimum of five years
- Being a permanent resident for a minimum of three years and meeting eligibility requirements to apply as a spouse of a current United States citizen
- Living abroad but have parents that are citizens
- Having qualifying service in the U.S. military
If the applicant is eligible, they will be interviewed and able to take the English and civics test. If both tests are passed, they will be able to take the Oath of Allegiance at the naturalization ceremony and be given a certificate confirming their citizenship.
Many people often believe applying for citizenship and naturalization are completely separate processes, when in fact they are far more similar than they appear. They both achieve the same goal and offer the same benefits, the only difference is that naturalization is the process followed by immigrants born outside of the U.S. to become a citizen.
The Benefits of Citizenship
Citizenship not only granted someone the right to permanently live and work in the United States but offers a number of other benefits. Some of these benefits include:
- The right to vote
- Gaining a social security number
- Applying for a driver’s license
- Running for public office
- Sponsoring other relatives for a visa
- Renting or owning property in the U.S.
- Obtain citizenship for your children living abroad
How We Can Help
If there are any mistakes or discrepancies in the application process, your application can be completely denied. To avoid any mistakes and make sure the process is as smooth as possible, get in touch with the team at Law Group International today.
If you would like to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one during the citizenship process, don’t hesitate to contact us today through our online contact form, or give us a call at (703) 546-9300 today!