At Kuck Baxter Immigration, our citizenship and naturalization lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia can help you with all aspects of the citizenship and naturalization process. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, foreign-born individuals can be naturalized if they meet all statutory requirements. What are the requirements?
- Individuals must have been permanent residents (hold a green card) for at least 5 years and meet all other requirements.
- If you are a spouse of a U.S. citizen, you must have been a permanent resident for at least 3 years and meet all requirements for naturalization.
- If you have served in the U.S. military and meet all other requirements, you may also qualify for naturalization.
- If your child was born outside the U.S. and needs to be naturalized, he or she may qualify.
These are some paths to naturalization. There are others as well. If you have questions about how you can become a U.S. citizen or need help with your naturalization application and process, speak to Kuck Baxter Immigration, a citizenship and naturalization lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia today.
Naturalization and Citizenship for Spouses of U.S. Citizens
If you are married to a U.S. citizen, you may be entitled to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen if you meet all requirements. In order to qualify, you must have been a permanent resident for at least 3 years, have been married for at least three years, and meet all other requirements. What are some of the added requirements? You must be 18 years old, must have resided in the district where you’ll be naturalized for at least 3 months, have resided continuously in the U.S. for three years, and have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 18 months of this period. You must also be able to pass a test that shows you can read and write English and have an understanding of U.S. history and civics. You may also have to pass a background check to show that you have a good moral character, and no major criminal record elsewhere.
If you are married to a U.S. citizen, have your green card, and are considering taking the next step towards naturalization, reach out to Kuck Baxter Immigration, a citizenship and naturalization lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia today. Our firm can help you with your application and help you understand the steps you’ll need to take to get naturalized. Contact us today to learn more about family-based citizenship.
Citizenship If You Hold a Green Card
If you have held a green card for at least 5 years and have been a permanent resident for this time, you may be entitled to be naturalized as a citizen of the U.S. In order to be naturalized, you must have been a permanent resident for five years, and must meet additional requirements. These requirements include being over 18 years of age and meeting physical presence requirements. For example, you must show that you have been physically present in the U.S. for 30 months of the five year period you have been a permanent resident. You may be required to pass an English test and a test about basic U.S. government and civics. You may also have to pass a background check. If you are a green card holder and are considering applying for citizenship or naturalization, consider speaking to the citizenship and naturalization lawyers at Kuck Baxter Immigration in Atlanta, Georgia today. Our firm can help you understand whether you qualify and can assist you with taking steps toward U.S. citizenship.
Citizenship for Children of U.S. Citizens Born Outside the U.S.
If your child was born outside the U.S., he or she may qualify for U.S. citizenship if you are a citizen. As long as one of the child’s parents is a U.S. citizen, he or she may qualify for citizenship. The child must be under 18 years of age to qualify for citizenship using this route. Children may qualify for naturalization whether they are living abroad with their parent or whether they are physically present in the U.S. If you have questions about how to obtain citizenship for your child born outside the U.S. if you are a U.S. citizen, consider speaking to Kuck Baxter Immigration, citizenship lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia. If you are a member of the military living overseas, you may qualify for expedited processing of your child’s citizenship application.
Issues that Can Arise with Naturalization Applications
What are some issues that can arise with a naturalization application? If you travel outside the country frequently, you might not meet the physical presence test. Kuck Baxter Immigration, are citizenship and naturalization lawyers who can look at your travel dates and history to determine whether you meet USCIS’s minimum requirements. If you need to leave the U.S. and are applying for citizenship, this can also impact your application. Always speak to a citizenship and naturalization lawyer if you are a permanent resident planning to leave the U.S. for a period of time. You do not want to lose your status. Another situation that can impact your application for citizenship is a criminal record. Kuck Baxter Immigration are citizenship lawyers who can help you understand how having a criminal record could impact your case.
Contact Kuck Baxter Immigration Today
Applying for citizenship? Have questions about citizenship or naturalization following permanent residency? Contact Kuck Baxter Immigration, citizenship and naturalization lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia today. We can help you with all steps of the application and guide you through the process.