Over half a million people become naturalized citizens of the United States each year. Because there are so many benefits to becoming a naturalized citizen, it is worth your while to take the steps to obtain US citizenship. But you may be wondering if you are even eligible to apply for citizenship. One of the first steps required in becoming a citizen is to fill out Form N-400 and file it with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Who Can Successfully File a Form N-400
You are eligible to obtain citizenship through a Form N-400 if you meet the following requirements:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Have been issued a Permanent Resident Card
- Have not been out of the country for more than 30 months over the past five years
- Have not taken a trip outside of the country for over a year in the past five years
- Have resided in the state you are applying from for at least three months
- Can read, write, and speak basic English
- Know the fundamentals of US history and understand the basic forms and principles of US government
- Certain exceptions apply to some of these requirements, and an experienced immigration attorney can explain the
The Importance of Working With an Immigration Attorney
The N-400 is a complicated form, and filling it incompletely or incorrectly can lead to denied petitions and lengthy delays. Even worse, if you have violated US immigration law, you may face severe consequences when the USCIS examines your file. Your best bet is to work with an experienced immigration attorney who can guide you through the immigration process and watch out for any risks to you or your family.
At The Law Store, our licensed immigration attorneys will guide you every step of the way through your petition for citizenship, and have the legal skills that paralegals, notary publics (Notarios), and immigrations service firms do not have to help you avoid dangerous consequences. Our attorneys are available nights and weekends, and you can schedule a consultation online or by phone or simply drop in to speak with an immigration attorney regarding your circumstances.