Family Based Immigrant Visas

Naturalization is the legal process of obtaining U.S. citizenship after birth, which is open to immigrants who qualify. A naturalized citizen enjoys all the rights and privileges of natural born citizens, including the right to vote, serve on a jury and participate in government and the political process.


The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) lays out the requirements for naturalization, which include:


  • A specific period of continuous residence in the United States
  • Meeting the requirements of physical presence within the U.S. over a certain time period
  • State residency requirements for filing purposes
  • The ability to speak, read and write English
  • A knowledge and understanding of United States government and history
  • Attachment to the principles of the Constitution
  • Being of good moral character
  • Favorable disposition toward the United States


For help obtaining citizenship, call The Law Office of Elektra B. Yao for your free consultation.