Citizenship by Naturalization
Every permanent resident has a right to apply to become a citizen of the United States, which makes it possible to assume all the responsibilities and enjoy all the benefits available to a natural born citizen. The Law Firm of Damian Vargas has the knowledge and experience helping clients achieve their goals of becoming a U.S. Citizen.
In general, to apply for citizenship you must:
- Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing.
- Have been a permanent resident (have a “green card”) for at least 5 years.
- Show that you have lived for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply.
- Demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing.
- Show that you have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing.
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics).
- Be a person of good moral character.
- Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution.
Exception to Five-Year Rule for People Married to U.S. Citizens
Some permanent residents may be eligible to apply for citizenship after 3 years, instead of waiting for 5 years. To meet the three-year rule a) the person must have been a permanent resident for at least 3 years, b) they must have been married to a US citizen for the past 3 years, c) the spouse must have been a US citizen for the past 3 years, and d) they must have been living together for the past 3 years. The applicant must still meet all other requirements.
Exception to Basic English Language Requirement
A permanent resident is exempt from the English language requirement, but is still required to take the civics test if:
- the permanent resident is age 50 or older at the time of filing and has lived as a permanent resident in the U.S for 20 years (commonly referred to as the “50/20” exception), OR
- the permanent resident is age 55 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident in the United States for 15 years (commonly referred to as the “55/15” exception).
New York Citizenship Lawyer Can Help You Become a U.S. Citizen
We have extensive experience with the process of applying for citizenship, and will work closely with you to maximize your chances of success. We understand how important it may be to you to become an American citizen, and will work tirelessly to help you. Contact us for a consultation.