The right to vote, the right to travel where and when you want, the right to sponsor others who want to come to this country—these are just a few of the many benefits you will enjoy upon becoming a U.S. citizen. For many people, these rights are just a dream. At Van Der Hout LLP, our attorneys can help you turn this dream into a reality.
What Are The Requirements For Naturalization?
Under U.S. immigration law, citizens of foreign countries can become U.S. citizens through the immigration process known as naturalization. The requirements for naturalization include:
- Continuous residence
- Physical presence in the United States
- Ability to read, write, and speak English (in most cases)
- Knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
- Good moral character
- Belief in the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. government
All naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character and a belief in the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. government. However, some of the other requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants, such as spouses of U.S citizens, or members of the military and certain elderly applicants.
Some Circumstances Create Problems In Seeking Citizenship
Few people go through life having never made a serious mistake. Unfortunately, if you want to obtain U.S. citizenship these mistakes can pose a serious obstacle to achieving this goal. Our lawyers can quickly identify and evaluate potential problems such as criminal convictions, domestic violence allegations, and other “run-ins with the law.” We can show you how to put the facts of your situation in their best light as we help you to prepare for the application process.
Contact Our Bay Area Law Offices
To learn more about how our firm can help you with the U.S. citizenship and naturalization process — call or contact us directly at our San Francisco, California, law offices to schedule an appointment. Initial consultations are provided at a rate discounted from our standard fee.
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