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.