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The desire for a person to leave their country of origin in order to become a United States citizen is one that we find to be particularly moving, and advocating for those who wish to attain legal U.S. citizenship is an important part of our practice at the Cambridge firm of Altman & Altman LLP. It is also a legally complex process, so individuals wishing to attain legal U.S. citizenship or naturalization should contact one of our expert immigration attorneys today in order to get the process started off on the right track.What Is Naturalization? How Do You Attain Naturalization?
Naturalization is the granting of U.S. citizenship to foreign nationals. In 2015, the U.S. Government recognized more than 48 million foreign nationals as immigrant citizens, which is more than any other country and accounts for about 19 percent of the total 244 million estimated immigrants in the world, and about 14.4 percent of the United States’ overall population.
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;
- 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 unique circumstances. The attorneys at Altman and Altman LLP can lead you through the process and help you meet each and every one, while also providing counsel on some of the potential pitfalls that you may experience in the naturalization process.
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 already 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.
We understand that the process of naturalization and wanting to become a U.S. citizen can be a daunting task. Many people seek to become U.S. residents because they are attempting to leave a dangerous situation in their home country, because they are seeking more opportunity and a better chance to create prosperous lives for their families and children. At Altman & Altman LLP, we understand how much is riding on this process, and we take our role in accomplishing your dream very seriously.
Throughout our more than 50 years of experience advocating for clients in Boston, Cambridge and throughout Massachusetts, we have set a high expectation of our attorneys and paralegals for stellar customer service. This means you should never feel as though you can’t ask a question about the naturalization process. We are here to answer any questions you have, and to help make sure that you complete the naturalization process successfully.
Contact us online or call to set up a consultation today at 617-492-3000 or toll-free at 800-481-6199.Resources