Citizenship lawyers know how hard it can be to become a United States Citizen. Becoming a citizen of the United States of America grants you many benefits. You retain many of these benefits even outside of US borders. However, becoming a citizen is not an easy feat. Not everyone is eligible for citizenship in the United States and as many experienced citizenship lawyers know, the process can be long and tedious even for those who are already qualified.

How Can You Become A Citizen

There are two overarching ways to become a complete citizen of the United States. The first is through birth. If you are not a citizen by birth, you will need to undergo naturalization. There are several ways you may qualify for naturalization:

  • You have been a legal permanent resident of the United States and you have had a green card for a period of five years. If you are not already a legal permanent resident, citizenship lawyers and other legal advocates may be able to help.
  • You have been a legal permanent resident for three years and are eligible to file as a spouse of a US citizen.
  • If you have served in any branch of the United States military during peacetime, you need only be a legal permanent resident for one year prior to becoming eligible for naturalization. If you serve during wartime, you are entitled to naturalization as soon as your first day of service.

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Many people who have been through the citizenship process recommend having a citizenship lawyer to help you apply for naturalization. Not only will lawyers do much of the work for you, they can prepare you for the interview and will help you  to understand what to expect during the process. You have the right to choose to have a lawyer represent you at your citizenship interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Lawyers are especially helpful if you have ever experienced any legal trouble, if you have divorced the spouse that qualified you for legal permanent residency, or if you have spent more than one year outside of the US after obtaining legal residency. Even if none of these situations apply to you, many people still feel that it is a benefit to hire a citizenship lawyer when going through the citizenship process. If you are eligible to apply for naturalization and wish to begin the process, make the extra effort to secure your future in The United States and consult with a citizenship lawyer today.
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