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We’ve helped many people realize their goal of becoming a citizen of the United States.
The United States is a country of immigrants. Our nation was founded on people seeking a fresh start, and it continues to depend heavily on immigrants to function. If you want to start the process of applying for a U.S. citizenship, we encourage you to contact Carman Fullerton to talk to our team.
Our legal practice is dedicated to helping people with their immigration, citizenship and naturalization needs. We offer many services to immigrants. Let us help you become a U.S. citizen. Contact Carman Fullerton at (859) 971-0060.
What is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen. To be naturalized, one must meet certain requirements and follow several steps, which we’ll discuss below. Naturalization takes time and effort, but it can be incredibly rewarding for applicants.
Eligibility Requirements for U.S. Citizenship
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers its list of eligibility requirements for those applying for citizenship. It is best for potential applicants to make sure they meet these requirements before applying. The requirements include…
- Being 18 years of age at the time of filling out the application
- Holding a Green Card for at least 5 years and being able to demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. for 5 years before filing for citizenship
- Showing that you have been “physically present” in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the 5-year period
- Showing residence for at least 3 months in the state or USCIS district where you apply
- Being a person of good moral character
- Demonstrating an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
- Demonstrating the ability to read, write, and speak basic English
- Possessing an understanding of U.S. history and government
- Taking an oath of allegiance to the U.S.
To meet these requirements, you will need to provide documentation and prepare for exams. The process might seem intimidating, but with assistance from a citizenship lawyer, the requirements don’t need to be overwhelming.
Contact Carman Fullerton today by calling (859) 971-0060 or filling out our online contact form.
The Naturalization Process
Before filing for citizenship, you should first make sure that you are eligible by reviewing the requirements listed above. The naturalization process begins with the filing of the N-400 Form, which is the application for naturalization in the U.S.
Once you complete the N-400 Form, you might need to visit an Application Support Center for a biometrics appointment. During that appointment, you will provide fingerprints, photograph, and/or signature. These will be used to run a security and background check. After this appointment, you will then be given an appointment notice, which you will use to schedule an interview that will complete the naturalization process.
After you’ve completed these steps, the USCIS will send you a written notice of their decision. Your application will either be granted, denied or continued. If it is continued, you will need to provide additional information or retake the English or history and government exam.
Once you are approved, you will be sent an Oath of Allegiance notice, and you will find a time to participate in this last part of the naturalization process. Taking the Oath of Allegiance is not only a requirement for citizenship, but it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the rewards of the hard work you’ve put into becoming a citizen.
At Carman Fullerton, we know the naturalization process well. We want to help you make sure you have everything in place to have a successful application. Contact our citizenship lawyers today to learn more about how we can help.
Preparing for the Naturalization Tests
The two portions of the U.S. naturalization test are the English test and the history/governmental general knowledge test, which is referred to as the civics test. Here is what you can expect for both aspects of these tests…
The English Test
In order to pass the English test, you will need to demonstrate a basic understanding of writing, reading and speaking English. Fortunately, the USCIS provides some resources to help you prepare for the exam. The speaking portion of your test will be conducted during the interview portion of the application process. To pass the writing portion, you are required to write one out of three sentences correctly. To pass the reading test, you are required to read one out of three sentences correctly.
The Civics Test
The civics portion of the test includes 10 questions about the history and governmental processes of the U.S. The USCIS provides a list of 100 questions from which the 10 you are asked will be included. The list is also available in Spanish and Chinese. There are also audio versions of the questions on the USCIS website, in addition to flash cards and pocket study guides.
To pass the civics test, you will need to answer 6 of the 10 questions correctly. Here are some sample questions that are posed to applicants…
- What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution?
- What did the Declaration of Independence do?
- What is the economic system in the United States?
- Name one branch or part of the government.
- Who is one of your state’s U.S. Senators now?
- Name your U.S. Representative.
- How old do citizens have to be to vote for President?
- What did the Emancipation Proclamation do?
- Who was President during the Great Depression and World War II?
- Name one state that borders Canada.
The 10 questions listed above are taken directly from the list provided by the USCIS. General topics covered in the test include principles of American democracy, system of government, rights and responsibilities of citizens, the history of the U.S. during the colonial period, recent U.S. history, geography, symbols and U.S. holidays.
Citizenship Requirements Vary for Different Applicants
The application process isn’t the same for every applicant. For example, if you are 65 years old (or older) and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for 20 or more years, you can study fewer civics questions. You will be exempt from the English portion of your test if you are age 50 or older at the time of filing for naturalization and have lived as a permanent resident (green card holder) in the United States for 20 years. You would also be exempt from the English portion of the exam if you are 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.
In some cases, an applicant with a mental or physical disability might be exempt from the English or civics test. These are just a few examples of common exemptions, but it’s important to note that the process can vary. To learn more about how the process will look for you or your loved ones, we encourage you to contact Carman Fullerton to learn more.
How Long Does the Naturalization Process Take?
You might be wondering how long you’ll need to wait to become a U.S. citizen. The USCIS states on their website that the average wait time for reviewal of the N-400 Form is about 10 months from the time of application. This period can vary, and it does not include the other steps you will need to complete before becoming naturalized.
If you make any mistakes on your application, the process can take much longer, so it’s important to get everything prepared as best as possible to ensure a speedy approval. The backlog for citizenship applications has grown dramatically in recent years, so the better prepared you can be in the naturalization process, the less time you’ll be forced to wait to see progress.
Becoming a U.S. citizen isn’t necessarily easy, but it can be made easier by working with a citizenship lawyer who knows how the system works. We can tell you from experience that becoming a citizen is an incredibly rewarding process that is completely within reach if you meet the requirements and do the work asked by the USCIS.
How a Citizenship Attorney at Carman Fullerton Can Help
Carman Fullerton is proud to offer many services to immigrants in the U.S. We not only assist clients in the citizenship application process, we also work with them when they are injured, charged with crimes or in need of a family attorney. If you are an immigrant who needs legal representation in Kentucky, you should contact Carman Fullerton.
Our team of dedicated attorneys have years of experience working with clients throughout the entire naturalization process. Having an attorney reduces the chances of making a mistake while applying for citizenship. We can not only better your chances of becoming a citizen, we can make the process faster and less stressful by helping you to avoid common mistakes applicants made during the naturalization process.
Let us help you become a U.S. citizen. Contact Carman Fullerton today by calling (859) 971-0060 or filling out our online contact form.