Should You Consider Citizenship in the U.S.?
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Should You Consider U.S. Citizenship?
- Become eligible for federal scholarships and grants
- Bring family members to the United States
- Get citizenship for children who are under the age of 18
- Permanently keep your residency
- Travel with a U.S. passport
Becoming a U.S. citizen is technically called naturalization, but not everyone is eligible. In order to apply, you must:
- Be a person of good moral character
- Be able to speak, read, and write basic English
- Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government
- Have had a green card (be a permanent resident) for at least 5 years
- Show continuous residence in the U.S. for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date you file
- Show that you have lived in the state or USCIS district you’re applying from for at least 3 months
- Show that you were physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months of the past 5 years
- Show that you’re attached to the principals and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About U.S. Citizenship?
For most people, it makes sense to talk to an immigration lawyer in Wisconsin before beginning the citizenship process. Your attorney can walk you through the paperwork, help prepare you for interviews, and ensure that your application is complete and properly filed.
If you’d like to talk to an attorney about becoming a U.S. citizen, call us at 414-383-6700 or 262-650-6700. We’re here to help.
If you’re thinking about taking the step from being a permanent resident of the U.S. to becoming a citizen, there are several important things to consider—and in addition to a status change, you’ll have new rights and responsibilities. You may want to talk to an immigration lawyer in Milwaukee to discuss your options and decide whether citizenship is right for you.
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