Atlanta Path to Citizenship Attorney Helping You Pursue U.S. Citizenship
The United States is a land of many freedoms and opportunities, and many people from other countries hope to become U.S. citizens. There are several different ways to become a United States citizen. Whether you are the relative of a citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (also known as a Green Card holder), an employee or investor of a U.S. business, or a refugee or asylee from another country, there is a path to citizenship that may be open to you. There are other situations in which you may have a path to citizenship other than those listed, depending upon individual circumstances.
As you work your way through the steps to citizenship, an accomplished path to citizenship lawyer from Sessoms Law Office, LLC can guide you through the immigration system and help you on the path to making your dream of U.S. citizenship a reality. Call our Atlanta office today at 678-853-7402 to get started.
What is the First Step in Becoming a Citizen of the United States?
The first step to becoming a United States Citizen is to become a Lawful Permanent Resident, or Green Card holder. There are many ways to get your Green Card, some of which include marrying a U.S. citizen, being related to a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder, being employed by or investing in a U.S company, being a recognized refugee or asylee in the U.S. for at least a year. There are some other ways to qualify for a Green Card that is specific to each person’s circumstances. Once you have obtained a Green Card, you must hold it for 3-5 years before applying for United States citizenship through the naturalization process.
I Have My Green Card. What Are Other Requirements for Citizenship?
Once you have held your Green Card for at least 3 years if the spouse of a U.S. citizen or at least 5 years otherwise, you may begin the naturalization process to start on the path to citizenship if you meet these other requirements. You must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have demonstrated continuous permanent residence in the U.S.
- Have shown physical presence in the U.S.
- Have lived within the state or USCIS district where you are filing for at least 3 months
- Have demonstrated good moral character
- Have demonstrated attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
- Show the ability to read, write, speak, and understand basic English
- Show basic knowledge of United States history, government, and civic principles
- Take an oath of allegiance to the United States of America
Once you have met these requirements, you may be issued a Certificate of Naturalization, establishing your status as a full United States Citizen.
Can I apply to become a United States Citizen if I have been arrested?
Legal Permanent Residents who may have been arrested sometimes are afraid to apply for citizenship because of the possibility of having their application denied. Additionally, Legal Permanent Residents who had a deportation canceled by an immigration Judge may think they can never apply for citizenship. It is important to have your case evaluated to determine if you can apply to become a United States citizen. Attorneys at Sessoms Law Group have successfully helped many Legal Permanent Residents who have had arrests or deportations canceled successfully become United States citizens.
What Are the Rights and Responsibilities of United States Citizens?
All U.S. citizens, whether born in the U.S. or participants in the naturalization process, are subject to all of the rights and protections guaranteed in the United States Constitution. Citizens are free to live and work in the U.S. permanently; vote in all elections, state, local and federal; run for federal office; and apply for a U.S. passport, among other rights and protections. As a citizen, you also have expanded opportunities to bring family members into the United States to live.
The responsibilities of every United States citizen include loyalty and support of the U.S. Constitution, adherence to all laws, including reporting income and paying required taxes, serving on juries when called, and registering with the Selective Service if you are male and 18 or older. Citizens of the United States are joined by our shared values of freedom and equality. You, too, may have a path to United States Citizenship. Call Sessoms Law Group, LLC today at 678-853-7402 to begin your journey toward becoming a United States citizen, with all of the rights and responsibilities that entails.
The steps involved in becoming a United States citizen if you were not born here can be complicated and time-consuming. United States immigration laws are complex and subject to frequent changes, so knowing how to meet all of the requirements for naturalization can be difficult. An experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney can guide you on the path to United States citizenship, helping you navigate any twists and turns you encounter along the way.