Naturalization / Citizenship

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Naturalization is the granting of U.S. citizenship to foreign nationals. In 2009, the U.S. Government naturalized more than 740,000 foreign nationals.

The basic requirements for obtaining naturalization are as follow:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have been a permanent resident of the U.S. for 5 years (or three years if your residence is based on marriage to a U.S. citizen and you continue to be living as a marital couple);
  • Have been physically present in the United States as a permanent resident for at least 30 months out of the last five years (or 18 months of the past three years if permanent residency was acquired through U.S. citizen spouse);
  • Have demonstrated good moral character during the five years preceding the application;
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand English; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge about U.S. history and the U.S. government.

As you can see, there are many requirements that must be met in the naturalization process. Additionally, there may be exceptions to some of these requirements depending on circumstances. The attorneys at Altman and Altman LLP can lead you through the process and help you meet each and every one.

To apply for naturalization, you must submit a completed Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Should you have any questions regarding this application, our attorneys are here to help.

If one or both of your parents are U.S. citizens whether by birth or naturalization, you may be a U.S. citizen by operation of law. Many people are not even aware that they are U.S. citizens. If one or both of your parents are U.S. citizens and were U.S. citizens prior to your 18th birthday, contact the attorneys at Altman and Altman LLP to see if you might be a U.S. citizen.

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