Applying for U.S. Citizenship has Important Advantages

Applying for US Citizenship, also known as
Naturalization has important advantages. US Citizens have the right to vote, to government
jobs, to apply for resident status for more types of family members, the freedom to remain
outside the US for more than 180 days and to travel with an American passport, which
provides entry without a visa into many countries. US citizens may also petition for immediate
family members through a faster petitioning process. To be eligible to apply for American Citizenship,
there are certain requirements that generally must be met: The applicant must:
• Have been a lawful permanent resident for five years (or three years for spouses
of United States Citizens) • Be at least 18 years old
• Be of good moral character (not committed any serious crimes)
• Be able to speak, read, and write English (except certain applicants of an advanced
age) • Pass a test on U.S. history and government
• Have been physically present in the U.S. at least half the requisite time of residency
(2.5 years if 5 years of residency are required, and 1.5 years if only 3 years of residency
are required—the latter in the case of a spouse of a US citizen)
• And must swear loyalty to the U.S. by taking an oath of
allegiance. There are some different eligibility requirements
for military personnel and their family members as well as for certain children of US citizens
born outside the US. Also, If a child is under 18 and is a legal
permanent resident and has a parent who is a US citizen or becomes one, then the child
can apply for automatic Citizenship or Naturalization. In addition to these general eligibility requirements,
a person cannot have violated any of the conditions of their resident status (for example, they
may not have been outside of the U.S. for more than 180 days, etc.), with certain limited
exceptions. If you want legal representation from one
of our experienced US Citizenship immigration lawyers in Boston, to prepare your Citizenship/Naturalization
application, and you are in the Massachusetts or New England area, please contact our office
to request an appointment at: 617-303-0006

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