Mesa Naturalization & Citizenship Lawyers
Our team at Gambacorta Law knows how important it is to obtain citizenship in the United States. We are proud to help immigrants achieve this goal and will do everything in our power to make sure you are prepared for the naturalization process.
What is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process by which foreign individuals acquire U.S. citizenship, granting them the same rights and responsibilities as native-born citizens. It offers a path for immigrants to fully integrate into American society, participate in the democratic process, and enjoy the benefits and opportunities that come with citizenship.
To be eligible for naturalization, applicants must meet certain requirements set forth by U.S. immigration law. Here are the key criteria you need to fulfill:
Age Requirement: Generally, applicants must be at least 18 years old to apply for naturalization. However, there are certain provisions for individuals who are under 18 or have served in the U.S. military.
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) Status: You must have obtained lawful permanent resident status, also known as having a green card, and maintained it for a specified period of time. Typically, you must have held your green card for at least five years if you are applying as a regular permanent resident, or three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen.
Continuous Residence and Physical Presence: During the required period of lawful permanent residence, you must have maintained continuous residence in the United States. This means you have not left the country for extended periods of time and have not abandoned your intent to live in the U.S. Additionally, you must have been physically present in the United States for a specific period of time, which is usually half the total duration of continuous residence.
Good Moral Character: Applicants must demonstrate good moral character for the duration of the required residency period. This includes obeying U.S. laws, paying taxes, and avoiding any criminal activities or convictions. Certain criminal offenses or moral misconduct can impact your eligibility for naturalization.
English Language Proficiency: Proficiency in English is a crucial requirement for naturalization. You must be able to read, write, and speak basic English, with exceptions available for individuals with disabilities or those who are at least 50 years old and have held a green card for at least 20 years.
Knowledge of U.S. Civics and Government: As part of the naturalization process, you will need to pass a civics test to demonstrate your knowledge of U.S. history, government, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. The test includes questions about the Constitution, the branches of government, and the rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
How a Mesa Immigration Attorney Can Help
Navigating the naturalization process can be complex, and any missteps or errors in your application can lead to delays or potential denials. That's why having an experienced Mesa naturalization and citizenship attorney by your side is crucial.
At Gambacorta Law, we understand the importance of obtaining U.S. citizenship and the life-changing opportunities it can bring. With our in-depth knowledge of immigration law, personalized attention, and commitment to our client's success, we will work tirelessly to help you achieve your dream of becoming a U.S. citizen.