Becoming a U.S. citizen is a significant milestone for many immigrants. The process, however, can be complex and daunting. At Fibi Law, we specialize in guiding you through the labyrinth of U.S. citizenship routes, ensuring a smoother transition from immigrant to citizen.
Types of U.S. Citizenship
Understanding the different paths to U.S. citizenship is crucial. Here’s a breakdown:
Citizenship by Naturalization
Naturalization is the most common route. It’s for those who have been lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders) for a specified period, usually 3 to 5 years.
Citizenship by Marriage
If you’re married to a U.S. citizen, you may be eligible for citizenship through marriage. However, there are specific criteria like the duration of the marriage and the citizenship status of the U.S. spouse.
Citizenship through Parents
Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may automatically acquire citizenship at birth. The rules vary depending on various factors like marital status of the parents and the date of the child’s birth.
Citizenship through the Military
U.S. military service members and their immediate families may be eligible for expedited naturalization.
Each route has its own set of criteria:
Age: Usually, you must be at least 18 years old.
Residency: You must have been a lawful permanent resident for a certain period.
Good Moral Character: You must not have committed certain crimes.
The Naturalization Process
Application: File the N-400 form.
Interview and Test: Attend a citizenship interview and pass the English and civics tests.
Oath Ceremony: Take the Oath of Allegiance.
Citizenship Test Exceptions
Some individuals may be exempt from the English and civics tests due to physical or developmental disabilities or mental impairments. Special forms and medical certifications are required.
How Fibi Law Can Help
Our team of immigration experts will guide you through each step, from determining your eligibility to preparing you for the citizenship test and interview.
For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call us at 1-800-842-0316.