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About Citizenship & Naturalization

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Naturalization is commonly referred to as the manner in which a person not born in the United States voluntarily becomes a U.S. citizen.

Who is Eligible to Naturalize?

Generally speaking, the following types of candidates are eligible to naturalize (this list is not exhaustive):

  • If you are at least 18 years old and have been a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years without leaving the U.S. for trips 6 months or longer.
  • If you are at least 18 years old and are married to a US citizen and have been a legal permanent resident for at least 3 years. You cannot have any serious criminal history and you must not have left the U.S. for trips of six months or longer.

What Are the Benefits of Naturalization?

The Constitution and laws of the United States give many rights to both citizens and non-citizens living in the United States.

However, some rights are only for citizens, such as:

  • Voting. Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections. Most states also restrict the right to vote, in most elections, to U.S. citizens.
  • Bringing family members to the United States. Citizens generally get priority when petitioning to bring family members permanently to this country.
  • Obtaining citizenship for children born abroad. In most cases, a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen is automatically a U.S. citizen.
  • Traveling with a U.S. passport. A U.S. passport allows you to get assistance from the U.S. government when overseas.
  • Becoming eligible for federal jobs. Most jobs with government agencies require U.S. citizenship.
  • Becoming an elected official. Many elected offices in this country require U.S. citizenship.

What Are My Responsibilities When I Become a U.S. Citizen?

To become a U.S. citizen you must take the Oath of Allegiance.

The oath includes several promises you make when you become a U.S. citizen, including promises to:

  • Give up all prior allegiance to any other nation or sovereignty
  • Swear allegiance to the United States
  • Support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States
  • Serve the country when required

To learn more about naturalization, citizenship, and how our Pasadena immigration lawyers can help you, please set up a consultation by calling us at (626) 325-0770.

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