how long much does if cost to become a us citizen


U.S. Citizenship is designated by birth, derivation, or naturalization. For lawful residents, the decision to pursue citizenship is a major decision.  The right to travel and work abroad without losing status, the right to vote in elections, protection from deportation, and the opportunity to petition for other family members, are some of the few rights and privileges that are afforded to citizens.

To become a naturalized citizen, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • 5 years in permanent resident status, or 3 years (if married to a U.S. citizen)
  • Physical presence and continuity of residence in the U.S.
  • Good moral character
  • Satisfactory exam results (government, history and civics exam administered by the USCIS)

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The process of obtaining citizenship can appear deceptively straightforward, especially for those with criminal backgrounds or extensive travel.  Petitioning for citizenship without representation could inadvertently lead to a denial, or worse, being placed in removal proceedings. In some instances, we find that clients have already acquired citizenship through the naturalization of their parents, and we aid our clients in becoming legally recognized as citizens.  Tia Smith Law provides sound legal guidance, by ensuring that all initial requirements are met and eligibility issues are fully addressed prior to applying. We represent clients from inception to conclusion of the naturalization process.

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