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Methods to Naturalize as a US Citizen – – Asian Journal Information

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For most immigrants, getting their green card has been a long and challenging journey.

However, it should not be considered a final destination. The real American dream is to become a citizen of the United States. After gaining permanent resident status, many green card holders want to take the next step – becoming citizens of the United States. As a citizen of the United States, one receives many privileges that are not accorded to individuals with permanent residency only. A citizen of the United States can apply for the green cards of close relatives, transfer citizenship to existing children and unborn children, and vote in elections. Naturalization is of course a very important step that requires knowledge of the requirements and procedures. The following is a brief overview of naturalization.

You need to determine if you qualify for United States citizenship. To qualify, you must have held your green card and be physically present in the US for a long enough time. Generally, you must have held your green card for at least five (5) years. In addition, one must reside in the United States for at least half of those five years, or better still be physically present.

There are exceptions to the general rule that have to do with minor children and marriage, among other things, which for reasons of space cannot be fully explored in this article.

In addition, local residency requirements require that the individual seeking citizenship reside for at least three (3) months in the state or district in which the application is submitted.

In addition to determining the eligibility to apply for naturalization, practical aspects should also be taken into account. In order to be naturalized, it is determined whether the applicant has a good moral character. Generally speaking, a person is considered morally good if it can be demonstrated that he has not committed a crime of moral injustice or committed “vice” crimes such as prostitution and illegal gambling. Other considerations, too many to go into here, exist in determining moral character. If one has done something that may adversely affect the determination of moral character, one must seriously consider proceeding with the application for naturalization. The application may alert USCIS to such action, which could result in a possible rejection of the application and deportation.

Once you have disregarded the residency requirements and examined the practical issues, the next point to consider is the appropriate time to submit your application. Naturalization can be applied for within three (3) months prior to the expiry of the abovementioned required length of stay. The application is a multi-stage process. First, the required documents must be submitted with reasonable fees. An interview is then planned, during which a further request is made to the applicant. Typically, the eligibility and knowledge of the applicant about the US government and US history is examined. If the application is approved, the applicant must take the oath of allegiance to the United States.

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Please note that this article is not intended to be legal advice and is not intended as legal advice. The article is intended to contain only general, non-specific legal information. This article is not intended to cover all of the issues related to the topic being discussed. The specific facts that apply to your matter may make the outcome different from what you expected. This article establishes a relationship between you and the law firms of Kenneth U. Reyes, APLC. This article is not a solicitation.

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Kenneth Ursua Reyes, attorney at law, is a certified specialist in family law. He was president of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a member of the Family Law Division and Immigration Law Division of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a graduate of Southwestern University Law School in Los Angeles and California State University's San Bernardino School of Business Administration. He has extensive CPA experience prior to the legal practice. LEGAL OFFICE OF KENNETH REYES, APLC. located at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 747, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. (213) 388-1611 or email kenneth@kenreyeslaw.com or visit our website at Kenreyeslaw.com

Atty. Kenneth Reyes

Kenneth Ursua Reyes, attorney at law, is a certified specialist in family law. He was president of the Philippine American Bar Association. He is a member of the Family Law Division and Immigration Law Division of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He has extensive CPA experience prior to the legal practice. KENNETH REYES, P.C. Law Firms located at 3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 747, Los Angeles, CA, 90010. (213) 388-1611 or email kureyeslaw@gmail.com or visit our website at Kenreyeslaw.com.

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