Things to Prepare for When Applying for Citizenship in the United States

There are several reasons why foreigners try to obtain citizenship in the United States. For one, an individual of a different nationality who became a citizen gets actual permanent residency and the right to vote in the elections. He or she can petition for a family member under family-based immigration, where the processing of immigrant visas of certain relatives or family members who reside in your home country is generally simpler.

However, processing immigrant visas, getting a green card, and applying for citizenship are not simple tasks. As with any other immigration process, various forms, and supporting documents. As such, it is important to consult with a New Jersey immigration attorney early on.

Below are things that one must prepare for when obtaining citizenship. These include:

– Beginning a green card application

– Accomplishing immigration forms and paperwork

– Becoming a lawful permanent resident

– Meeting citizenship requirements

– Next steps to becoming citizens of the US

Beginning the green card process and becoming a lawful permanent resident

Applying for Citizenship Some several privileges and benefits come with a US green card, but the actual process to become a green card holder can be quite complicated, especially if one is not familiar with relevant immigration laws. An advanced degree professional, for one, could apply through the national interest waiver. A common option is to get a green card through marriage. Those planning to set up a commercial enterprise, meanwhile, may try immigrating through an investor visa. A reliable New Jersey immigration attorney can provide legal help for each type of application.

Accomplishing USCIS forms necessary for obtaining a green card

Green cards, which are proof of one’s residency status, are issued by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS Office). This government agency is in charge of processing the application of an alien seeking permanent resident status. If you want to successfully get a green card, a good local attorney can help in accomplishing the forms necessary for this immigration process. They can also help an aspiring immigrant anticipate lengthy processing times associated with applying for a green card.

Applying for lawful permanent residency

As stated in relevant immigration law, a permanent resident card signifies that the bearer has lawful permanent resident status. Getting one, however, involves a long and tedious process where legal assistance from an expert on immigration services is often necessary. If things go well, a foreign national gets to receive certain rights and responsibilities that come with being a legal permanent resident of the United States.

Keep in mind that the ‘conditions’ of a conditional green card must be petitioned to be removed through a specific process. Additionally, a legal permanent resident card has a validity of ten years. If necessary, the cardholder must renew such with the USCIS office, six months before expiration.

Meeting requirements for a citizenship application

It cannot be denied that United States citizenship is difficult to obtain, regardless of your current immigration status. Becoming a citizen of the United States is not an easy task. Immigrants, however, persist and apply to gain citizenship given the benefits that are reserved for and can be enjoyed by US citizens.

A foreigner applying to become a US citizen has five years of lawful permanent residence before proceeding with a citizenship application. A foreign national must be at least 18 years old, is of good moral character, and is willing to take an Oath of Allegiance to be eligible for citizenship.

Next steps to becoming a citizen of the United States

Aspiring citizens of the United States should be aware of how crucial the immigration interview is. Get immigration assistance from the best lawyers to make sure you are ready for this. On top of making sure that your citizenship papers are complete, you must likewise prepare very carefully for your citizenship test. Always remember that gaining citizenship is never guaranteed. It is important to prepare very carefully, since applying for citizenship status always comes with the possibility of getting a denial.

For questions on getting an immigrant visa, lawful permanent residence, consular processing, adjustment of status, or removal of conditions, give us a call. Contact us at Andres Mejer Law and consult with a reliable New Jersey immigration attorney who will evaluate your circumstances.

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