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Becoming A United States Citizen

BENEFITS OF CITIZENSHIP:

  • You cannot be removed (deported) from the U.S. for any reason.
  • You can get a U.S. Passport for traveling.
  • You can vote.
  • Your minor children born abroad who came to the U.S. with you will automatically become U.S. citizens by law.
  • You will be eligible for Social Security and other public benefits that are stopped after you have been in the U.S. for seven years without becoming a U.S. citizen.
  • You will have preference when petitioning for family members abroad who are waiting to come to the U.S.

APPLICATION FILING FEES:

  • You may request a waiving of the filing fees from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

CITIZENSHIP TESTING:

  • All applicants for naturalization must be able to speak, read, and write English.
  • All applicants must take a U.S. civics, and history test.
  • For limited reasons, applicants with disabilities may qualify for a Medical Waiver to bypass the testing requirements.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NATURALIZATION APPICATIONS:

  • If you do not have the documentation required by USCIS because the papers were lost before arriving in the United States or your home country does not keep or issue vital records, you should still apply.
  • Other documents are acceptable to USCIS, including Affidavits of Birth, Marriage, or Divorce. Many times you can use documents you have acquired since your move to the United States.

The Naturalization Process Can
Take Over a Year, SO DO IT NOW!

EXCEPTION

If requested, USCIS will process your applicatino much faster so you can get Social Security.

The law requires that after you have been in the United States for seven (7) years and have not become a citizen, you will not be eligible to receive Social Security or you will lose any Social Security benefits you receive.

Are You Afraid To File For Citizenship Because You Have Had Trouble In The Past With The Law?

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU SEEK THE ADVICE OF AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY?

If you have some doubts about applying for citizenship or if you have had any of the following problems, seek the advice of an immigration attorney before applying for naturalization:

  • ANY criminal violations and arrests since you arrived in the United States;
  • History of domestic violence or violation of a Protection Order;
  • Tax problems, such as unpaid taxes, failure to file taxes, or accusations of fraud with your tax returns;
  • Unpaid child support;
  • Immigration fraud at the time of entry;
  • False claims to U.S. citizenship;
  • Voting or registering to vote in a U.S. election; or
  • Abandonment of your legal permanent resident status.

TWO WAYS TO APPLY FOR SERVICES:

  1. Call Our Toll-Free Number: 1-800-634-5263 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you are 60 years of age or older, call 1-866-621-9886 Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
     
  2. Apply online at www.legalassist.org.

INTERPRETERS Are Always Provided AT NO COST To The Client, By Telephone or During Office Visits.

Disclaimer: This information is not legal advice. If you have a legal problem, you should talk to a lawyer and ask for advice about your options.


September 2011