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The U.S. laws require certain residency requirements for eligibility. In order to acquire U.S. citizenship, one must have been a permanent resident for at least five years, but only three years if permanent residence was obtained through marriage. Applicants must complete a test of English language capabilities, plus knowlege of the history of the United States. (Applicants over 55 years of age with lengthy permanent residence may be exempt from some of these requirements.) You must have good moral character and continuous presence in the U.S.

Be advised that complications can arise for applicants with any arrests, criminal charges, convictions or if the applicant did not reside continuously in the United States after becoming a permanent resident. Think of it this way: your application for citizenship is the last chance for the government to decide whether or not to deport you! It is extremely important that you speak to an attorney before you apply if you know of any complications that could arise. Your permanent residence could be revoked if the U.S. government discovers any problems while scrutinizing your application for citizenship.

Our attorneys have helped hundreds of foreign nationals become citizens of the United States. Please call us at 919-788-9225 to speak to an attorney today!

Araneda Law Firm, P.C.
  Important notice: This site contains an overview of current immigration law. But laws can and do change rapidly. Every situation is unique and it may not be possible for you to fully understand your options without competent legal assistance. Please call us with confidence; we have the experience to help you at all levels of the immigration process, including deportation or removal proceedings.


Attorney Jorgelina E. Araneda also defends Federal criminal cases in the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina.
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