Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident (LPR) after meeting certain requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The acquisition of citizenship is obtained through U.S. citizenship parents either at birth or after birth, but before the age of 18. Acquisition of Citizenship depends on the law in effect at the time of birth, which determines whether someone born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent (or parents) is a U.S. citizen at birth. In general, these laws require that at least one parent was a U.S. citizen, and the U.S. citizen parent had lived in the United States for a period of time. In addition, children born abroad may become U.S. citizens after birth.
Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can apply for Naturalization after being a LPR for five years, or after three years while married to a US citizen. If you are applying for Naturalization, you will want the assistance of an Immigration law lawyer. If there’s any potential problem with your eligibility, a lawyer is going to be able to spot it before you get started. In some cases this could save you money, because if you pay a filing fee for the application, you can’t get it back if you are denied because it turns out you weren’t actually eligible for citizenship. An immigration lawyer can save you time. This is true specially if don’t send the right type or adequate documents with your application and end up receiving an RFE, which in itself, could delay your case by a at least a couple of months.
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