Naturalization and Citizenship
Naturalization is the process by which a non-U.S. citizen acquires U.S. citizenship. To be eligible for naturalization, you must meet certain requirements, such as:
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must be a lawful permanent resident (green card holder)
- You must have resided continuously in the U.S. for at least 5 years (or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen)
- You must show good moral character
- You must be able to speak, read, and write basic English
- You must pass a civics test
Benefits of Becoming a Citizen
Becoming a U.S. citizen offers a number of benefits, including:
- The ability to vote in U.S. elections
- The ability to obtain a U.S. passport for international travel
- Protection from deportation
- The ability to petition for family members to immigrate to the U.S.
- The ability to apply for federal jobs and certain government benefits
Citizenship Through Derivation
In some cases, children of U.S. citizens may automatically acquire U.S. citizenship through a process known as derivation. Derivation is available to certain children who are born abroad to U.S. citizen parents or who are adopted by U.S. citizen parents.
Our team can help you determine whether you or your child is eligible for derivation and assist you in obtaining proof of U.S. citizenship.
Many countries allow for dual citizenship, which means that you can hold citizenship in both the U.S. and another country. We are prepared to advise you on the implications of dual citizenship and help you navigate any legal issues that may arise.
Begin Your Naturalization and Citizenship Process
At Heckler Law Group, we are dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals of becoming U.S. citizens. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can assist you with the naturalization process.