Please note the below summaries do not address every facet of a particular immigration process and are for educational purposes. For more detailed analysis of the laws and regulations as they affect your case, contact us today.

U.S. Citizenship 

U.S. citizenship is obtained by birth, derivation or naturalization. Citizens may live and work in the U.S. permanently, and cannot lose their citizenship by extended travel abroad. U.S. citizens have many benefits and privileges, such as voting in U.S. elections. U.S. citizens may petition for the permanent resident status of their parents, spouses, children and siblings.

Requirements To Become A Citizen Based On Permanent Residence 

  • Five years in permanent resident status; or three years as a permanent resident if married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Physical presence, continuity of residence, and good moral character standards.
  • Satisfactory test results in U.S. government, history, and civics, as well as the ability to speak, read, and write English. Some exceptions to the testing requirements, however, do exist based upon age and duration of permanent residency, as well as medical limitations.

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