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Naturalization

Naturalization is the process of becoming an American citizen and is overseen by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To earn citizenship, applicants must meet certain requirements established by the federal government. Spouses of current U.S. citizens, individuals who have served in the U.S. military and children of U.S. citizens are sometimes eligible for a streamlined application process.

Differences Between Green Cards and Naturalization

A green card or permanent resident card is designed to allow the holder to work and reside in the United States. By contrast, naturalization confers the benefits of citizenship upon immigrants who successfully complete the process and the requirements. These benefits include the right to vote, to run for some elective offices, to receive federal and state benefits and to work in law enforcement. The benefits associated with naturalization are permanent and cannot be easily taken away from American citizens.

General Requirements for Naturalization

Naturalization requires a residency period of at least five years for most applicants or three years for individuals married to U.S. citizens. During this time, the applicant must maintain a clean criminal record. Successful applicants will have a good grasp of English and the system of government in place in the United States. The USCIS will perform a background investigation to determine if the applicant poses a security risk and will conduct interviews with all involved parties. Applicants will also be required to complete an examination on civics and English successfully before citizenship will be conferred.

Navigating the Process Successfully

Working with a knowledgeable and experienced Atlanta naturalization lawyer can help you become a full-fledged citizen of the U.S. more quickly and easily. Your attorney can help you manage the paperwork requirements and can provide you with guidance on residency, criminal charges and all other aspects of your naturalization process.

At Pozo Goldstein, we work with you to ensure the most streamlined and practical approach to becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen. Call us today to set up your first appointment with our team of former immigration prosecutors and a former judge. Our high degree of expertise can help you achieve your goals and become a citizen of the United States.