How to Become a U.S. Citizen
Are you eligible for U.S. citizenship?
U.S. citizenship gives a foreign alien all the same rights and freedoms
as a naturally born citizen. These include the right to petition family
members to immigrate and the right to vote and travel or live abroad without
losing citizenship. Newfound citizens are also eligible for tax benefits
and government benefits. For these reasons, citizenship is not easily obtained.
If you want to become a United States citizen, it is in your best interest
to seek legal guidance from one of the Orange County immigration lawyers
at The Office of Bruce C. Bridgman. This can be an arduous process at
times, but with our guidance, it can be relatively stress-free. In order
to achieve naturalization,
you must first meet all of the necessary requirements:
- Permanent residency in the U.S. for five years
- No absences for over a year during those five years
- Must be a resident of a "home state" for three months
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Must establish good moral character
- Must pass English efficiency tests
The immigration courts will require specific documentation to verify that
you meet these requirements. If you are unfamiliar with the correct documentation,
you could spend unnecessary amounts of time in and out of the courtroom.
At The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman, our skilled team of Orange County
immigration attorneys is familiar with all of the steps required of you
to complete this process. You may run into court clerks or officers who
will unjustly prolong your naturalization process. By hiring one of our
citizenship lawyers, you will be protected from any such mistreatment.
How to Apply for United States Citizenship
In order to initiate the process,
you must first complete your Form-400 on
USCIS.gov and send it in to your local USCIS office, along with a copy of your
green card, photos and the application fee. After several months, if there were no
discrepancies with your application, you will be called in for your fingerprints
and to set up an interview appointment. At the interview, your English
language competence will be tested by a USCIS officer, as well as your
knowledge of United States government and history. If you are disabled,
be sure to ask for necessary accommodations at the interview.
If for some reason you don't pass your interview, you'll need to
ask the USCIS officer for a results sheet. The officer will also give
you a "Form N-14," which lists any required documentation that
you may have failed to present. If anything is unclear, be sure to ask
the USCIS officer before leaving. You will be
allowed to come in for a second interview within 90 days. Once you pass the interview, you will be invited to your "swearing
in" ceremony, where you will officially become a citizen. Once you
are sworn in, you may petition to have members of your family join you
in the U.S.
Hire an Orange County Immigration & Citizenship Lawyer
If you are unfamiliar with naturalization proceedings, achieving citizenship
can be quite difficult. Your lawyer will ensure a swift process by making
sure you have filled out all of the necessary paperwork and completed
all of the required steps in a timely manner. If there is any backlash
from the courts, or problems with your documentation, we will be prepared
to do whatever is necessary to set the matter straight and move on. The
team at The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman has had years of experience
helping countless individuals in all types of
If you want to become an American citizen, please contact The Law Office
of Bruce C. Bridgman today for more information.
Initial consultations are free!