At Jafari Law APC, our attorneys are here to advise permanent residents interested in United States citizenship about the naturalization process and help the applicants overcome any obstacles that might come up along the way.
Our staff will assist you with filling out your forms, including gathering all the necessary information and advising you of how to prepare for your interview with immigration officials.
For basic eligibility to become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must first spend at least five years as a legal permanent resident of the United States, during which time you can prove you did not take any trips abroad for more than six months, and were present in the United States for not less than half of the entire period.
The basic requirements you must meet to apply for citizenship are as follows:
- Be a lawful permanent U.S. resident;
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Be a permanent resident for not less than five years;
- Have resided for not less than three months in the state where the petition was filed;
- Be physically present in the United States for at least one half of the five years, with no absences longer than six months;
- Have resided continuously within the United States from the date the petition was filed to the time of admission to citizenship;
- Have been a person of good moral character for the five years of residence;
- Have an elementary level of reading and writing English. (Exceptions to this rule exist for persons over fifty, in the U.S. for 20 years or more as a permanent resident; and for persons over 55, in the U.S. for 15 years as a permanent resident);
- Have a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of U.S. government and history. (This requirement can be waived for people over 65 and have been permanent resident for 20 years.)