U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization
Becoming a United States citizen has many advantages. It allows you to vote in U.S. elections and to sponsor relatives to receive green cards. The relatives that U.S. citizens are eligible to sponsor include spouses, children, parents and siblings. The naturalization process can be complex, however, and is best handled by an immigration lawyer.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we represent lawful permanent residents who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship. Making a mistake with your application can cost you time, money and possibly even your opportunity to become a citizen. Talk to one of our immigration attorneys in Philadelphia today. For a free consultation, call us in Philadelphia at 215-437-3058 or in New Jersey at 609-257-4976. We offer services in English, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Ukrainian.
Considerations for Applying for Citizenship
To apply for U.S. citizenship, you must be a lawful permanent resident for at least five years. If you are married to a U.S. citizen, the wait is only three years. Maintaining continuous physical presence in the U.S. while a lawful permanent resident is extremely important. If you spent more than 180 days per year outside of the country during this time, you will need to explain your reasons. Our team of immigration attorneys in Philadelphia can help you fill out the necessary documentation and will provide you with legal representation.
You must normally meet many additional criteria in order to qualify for citizenship, including English literacy and familiarity with U.S. history and government. Men between ages 18 to 26 are also required to register for the Selective Service.
In addition, you must demonstrate that you are a person of good moral character. You may have trouble acquiring citizenship if you are found to have:
- Criminal charges or convictions
- Failure to pay taxes, child support or alimony
- An affiliation with prostitution, gambling, terrorist organizations or smugglers.
If you have concerns about your eligibility for citizenship, contact our immigration lawyers as soon as possible. To make an appointment, please call one of our offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Trenton, New Jersey, or contact us online. Your consultation is free.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.