Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization and Citizenship – Becoming a U.S. Citizen

While there are many ways to enter the U.S., there is only one way to become a citizen. Everyone who wants to become a U.S. citizen must go through the naturalization process.

The first step in this process is determining your eligibility. In order to be eligible to apply for
naturalization, you need to:

  • Be a legal permanent resident (have a green card) for three to five years
  • Avoid “abandonment” of your LPR status; this can happen if you are traveling outside of the U.S. for extended periods
  • Demonstrate good moral character
  • During a consultation with us, we will review the eligibility requirements as they apply to your circumstances and assess whether you are eligible.

The Naturalization Process

Once you decide to apply for naturalization, we will guide you through the necessary steps to obtain your citizenship. You will need to:

  • File an application for naturalization,
  • Attend an interview with Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
  • Take a citizenship test,
  • Take an English reading and writing test.

We will assist you in submitting your application and prepare you for the naturalization interview.

Contact Us

We have more than 15 years of experience as immigration attorneys. Naturalization is an exciting step in the immigration process and can open many doors for both the applicant and his or her family. From our office in Takoma Park, Maryland, we represent clients around the corner and around the world.

Call 301-270-2640 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss your immigration concerns. The consultation fee will be waived if you retain us as your attorney.

At the law offices of Mark J. Shmueli, our attorneys help clients find solutions to their immigration matters in the Washington, DC metro area, including Takoma Park, the District of Columbia. Silver Spring, Bethesda, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, as well as nationwide and around the world.

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