Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
You May Qualify for Naturalization if:
- You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements.
- You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen.
- You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements.
- Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
The process typically takes about 2-6 months, though times do vary by location. Once the petition is accepted and reviewed, you will be asked to go in for an interview with an immigration officer. You will also take an English test and a test about American History and Government. When you pass these tests and the immigration officer deems you fit for Citizenship, you will be asked to go to a swearing in ceremony. At that ceremony you will receive your Naturalization Certificate / Citizenship. You can then apply for a US Passport and have the same rights as someone born in the USA.
Cost Breakdown for Naturalization
Costs / Fees may vary, however a typical breakdown of major expenses is as follows:
USCIS Naturalization Fee: $735
Our Legal Fee: $1095 for New Client, $895 for Existing Clients
Please give us a call with any questions you may have regarding this process, or if you would like to get started.