U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization
Becoming a U.S. citizen has many advantages. It allows you to vote in U.S. elections and to sponsor relatives, including your parents, to receive green cards. The naturalization process can be complex, however, and is best handled by an experienced immigration lawyer.
At the law offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we help lawful permanent residents apply for U.S. citizenship. Making a mistake with your application can cost you time, money and possibly your opportunity to become a citizen. Talk to one of our Philadelphia naturalization attorneys 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 a continuous physical presence in the U.S. while a lawful permanent resident is important. If you spent more than 180 days per year out of the country during this time, you will have to explain your reasons. We can help you fill out the necessary paperwork in this case.
You must 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 draft.
In addition, you must demonstrate that you have 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, call our Trenton, New Jersey, citizenship lawyers soon as possible. To make an appointment, please call one of our offices or contact us online. Your consultation is free.
Bridget Cambria is the contributing attorney to this content.
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