If you were born in the United States or in certain territories of the United States that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction, then at birth you are considered a United States citizen. Moreover, if you were born outside of the United States, it’s possible that you may be a U.S. citizen if one or both of your parents were U.S. citizens at the time of your birth. If you were not born into U.S. citizenship, and you have citizenship in another country, then you may be able to become a United States citizen through naturalization. To become a United States citizen through naturalization, citizens of other countries typically must meet certain requirements as set forth in the federal immigration laws.
Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who’ve been green card holders for five years or more are the most common when it comes to individuals seeking U.S. citizenship through naturalization. When applying for naturalization as an LPR, you must fulfill certain requirements, including:
If you cannot or think you can’t meet all of these requirements for naturalization, it’s possible that you might be able to qualify for a modification or an exception to a requirement. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) also has the ability to accommodate those with disabilities.
When you are naturalized, because you are a United States citizen, you will enjoy all of the privileges and rights that those who were born in the United States enjoy. These privileges and rights include the right to vote, the right to travel using a U.S. passport, the right to be on a jury, the right to run for certain elective office positions, you can obtain certain federal jobs, you are eligible for certain benefits that aren’t available to non-citizens, you can obtain citizenship for your minor children who were born overseas, and your ability to bring members of your family to the U.S. is increased.
If you believe that you could benefit from our citizenship and naturalization services, whether you are filling out an application or your application has been denied, be sure to contact Sanabria & Associates 24/7 via phone in Maryland at (301) 585-8400, or in D.C. at (202) 506-4404 or via email for a free consultation or to schedule an office visit.
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