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Naturalization & Citizenship

Qualifications for Becoming a United States Citizen

Living in the United States as a temporary resident, permanent resident, refugee, or any other category of non-citizen may be only the beginning of your time here. After spending the requisite number of years here, you may wish to pursue citizenship and all of its benefits and officially become an American. If so, there are a few qualifications you must meet in order to begin the naturalization process:

  • You must have lived in the United States continually for at least 5 years and been physically present during the majority of that time (except in special circumstances allowing naturalization after only 3 years of continuous residence)
  • You must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must demonstrate the ability to speak, read, and write in English
  • You must pass an exam on United States history and government
  • You must take what is known as an “oath of allegiance”
  • You must provide evidence that you are a person of good moral character

Pursuing Citizenship in Northern California

There are a number of reasons for becoming a U.S. citizen, including:

  • Marriage to an American citizen
  • Extended time as a permanent resident in the United States
  • Family in the United States
  • Asylum or refugee status that prevents you from safely returning to your country of origin
  • Ability to travel in and outside the United States without your legal status being threatened
  • Ability to vote and participate in the American political system

Of course, there are a good deal many more reasons why you may wish to seek citizenship and begin the naturalization process. Regardless of your reasons, our team at The Law Offices of Timothy D. Widman is prepared to help you make it happen. Sometimes, pursuing citizenship presents complications and challenges that you cannot resolve on your own. This is why it is essential to bring in an experienced, knowledgeable immigration attorney to help.

Immigration Lawyer Santa Clara County

Cupertino Immigration Attorney Widman has served many clients in your exact situation, and he is more than prepared to help you do everything possible to work toward becoming a citizen of the United States. Our team knows how daunting and complicated the immigration process can get, and we aim to do everything in our power to make it easier for you. With our experienced legal counsel and careful attention to detail on your side, you will have a decided advantage in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship.

Call (408) 780-1684 to speak to a member of our team or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.