Most people have heard about naturalization, but is it an option if you immigrate to the U.S.? If so, how do you qualify?
It may be a good idea to talk to a Wisconsin naturalization lawyer if you’re considering becoming a U.S. citizen. Because an attorney can guide you through the process and help you complete the necessary paperwork, it’s often a good idea—particularly if you’re not familiar with the naturalization process and what it entails.
What is Naturalization?
Naturalization refers to the process of gaining U.S. citizenship if you were born in another country. Not everyone qualifies for naturalization, so it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney about the requirements before you begin the process.
Federal Requirements for Naturalization
You could qualify for naturalization if you’ve been a permanent resident for 5 years, or if your spouse is a U.S. citizen and you’ve been a permanent resident for 3 years. You may also qualify if you have served in the U.S. military.
However, even if you satisfy one of those conditions, you must also:
- Be 18 or older
- Have had a green card for at least 5 years
- Have had continuous residence in the U.S. as a green card holder for at least the past 5 years
- Have lived in the state or USCIS district in which you’re applying for at least 3 months
- Have been physically present in the U.S. for 30 months out of the past 5 years
- Be able to read, write and speak English, as well as have knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
- Be a person of good moral character
- Be attached to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution
Can You Apply for Naturalization?
If you think you meet the requirements for naturalization, we may be able to help you through the process.
Call our Wisconsin immigration attorneys at 414-383-6700 or contact us online. We’ll be happy to review your situation and provide you with the legal guidance that puts you on track to become a U.S. citizen.