At Hannaford Immigration we can help you determine if you are eligible and apply for your United States citizenship. People choose to become US citizens for many reasons including but not limited to the fact that you can sponsor other family members with reduced waiting times, for protection against the future deportation, for ease of travel, so you can vote, hold public office, have access to certain jobs and have full protection under the US laws and the US Constitution.
For a full assessment of your eligibility contact Hannaford Immigration today however please find an overview of the laws below:
You may be eligible for US citizenship if:
- You were born in the United States;
- If one or both of your parents are/were U.S. citizens at the time of you birth or became one before you turned 18 years old; or by qualifying and applying for naturalization.
It is possible that you are already a U.S. citizen and do not know it. This may be the case if one or both of your parents is/are U.S. citizens. For more information click here or contact Hannaford Immigration Law today and we would be happy to help you figure out your options.
You can also become a U.S. citizen by applying for naturalization and we are here to help you do that as quickly and stress free as possible. You apply for this benefit through the USCIS by completing the N-400 form.
You may qualify for naturalization if:
- you have held a green card for five (5) years;
- you have held a green card acquired through marriage to a U.S. citizen (and you are still married) for three (3) years from the date you became a permanent resident; or if you have qualifying service in the military.
Once you have successfully applied for Naturalization you will then be subject to a naturalization interview to ensure eligibility. This is where you will be given a civics test and if it is necessary an English test. The USCIS has provided some very useful study materials and self tests for both the Civics and the English tests. You may also be exempt from these requirements and can apply for any necessary accommodations.
After your successful completion of your immigration interview, you will be required to take the naturalization oath of allegiance. As soon as you have taken your oath you are a U.S. citizen. Congratulations!
If Hannaford Immigration Law can help you through this process or if you have any further questions, please contact us today.