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!