Pursuing Your Dreams Through Naturalization
Naturalization is the process for becoming a U.S. citizen. It’s an exciting milestone. Navigating the process is not always easy, however.
At ERM Immigration Law, PLLC, we’re passionate about helping people achieve citizenship through naturalization. Our immigration attorneys understand all facets of U.S. immigration law. You can turn to us for help with any and all aspects of the process. Based in Seattle, Washington, we work with immigrants from around the globe.
Who Qualifies For Naturalization?
To qualify for U.S. citizenship through naturalization, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You’ve been a green card holder (lawful permanent resident) for at least five years, or three years if your green card is through marriage
- You’re a lawful permanent resident and have completed at least one year of U.S. military service
- You’re a child of U.S. citizen parents
Additionally, you must meet other eligibility requirements, including demonstrating good moral character. If you have a criminal history or spent too much time out of the United States after getting a green card, you might not qualify. It’s important to consult with a skilled immigration attorney if you have any doubts about whether you’re eligible for naturalization.
The Naturalization Process
To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must:
- File a thorough and detailed application (form N-400) with the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
- Complete an interview with a USCIS officer
- Pass an English test demonstrating basic reading, writing, and speaking skills (or qualify for an exception)
- Pass a civics test demonstrating basic knowledge of U.S. government and history (or qualify for an exception)
- Take an oath of allegiance in a judicial or administrative ceremony
Thorough preparation is essential for navigating each of these steps. Our lawyers can help you through all stages of the process.
I got my green card through my employer and am married to a U.S. citizen. Can I still apply for citizenship in three years?
Do I have to live with my spouse to naturalize?
When I filed my naturalization application, I was still living with my spouse but now we are separated. Can I still get citizenship?
Can I apply for naturalization early?
Can I move out of state after I file my N-400?
Can I travel abroad after filing the N-400?
Learn More About Naturalization
Talk to our attorneys about your naturalization options, please contact our office online or call us at 206-745-9241. We look forward to learning more about your situation and help you accomplish your immigration goals.