As you and your immigration lawyers in NJ know, there are many benefits to being a United States citizen (USC):
- Citizens can vote in local, state and federal government elections
- Citizens can travel outside of the U.S. with no restrictions
- Crimes (other than fraud related to the naturalization process) cannot result in your removal proceedings
- Citizens have expanded and streamlined opportunities to petition for immigration benefits for their relatives
- Depending on where you live you can be entitled to more healthcare and benefits
If you have been a Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) for five years, you may apply to naturalize. If you became an LPR through marriage to a USC you can apply after three years so long as you are still married to the spouse who petitioned for you. Immigration lawyers in NJ describe the process below:
- Prepare and submit a naturalization application and submit it to Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Attend an interview with an immigration officer who will review your case for citizenship. You will also take a U.S. language and civics test, and be asked to swear allegiance to the U.S.
- Attend a ceremony during which you will again swear allegiance to the U.S. and be formally naturalized.
USCIS takes the language and civics test seriously and applicants must be prepared to pass these important steps in the process. Through careful planning and strategy, applicants can be ready to excel in this important part of the interview process. The careful planning must include a comprehensive background check and review of travel in and out of the United States.
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In light of this process, you really need to develop and follow a comprehensive strategy for successfully moving through the naturalization process. We can help!