In our past couple of posts, we shared with you general guidelines on how to immigrate to the U.S. based on your civil or employment status.
Today, we’re taking it a notch higher. We’re going to talk about general tips when applying for a U.S. citizenship. Let’s start with citizenship through naturalization.
If you are not born in the U.S. (or in a U.S. territory) and neither one of your parents are U.S. citizens, you may apply for citizenship via the process of naturalization.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, an applicant must first be a green card holder (meaning a permanent resident) for at least five years before applying for naturalization. Among others, he/she must also:
- Have continuous residence in the U.S. as a permanent resident for at least five years immediately preceding the date of the application (in addition to other residence requirements);
- Be able to master the English language, and fully grasp U.S. history and government; and
- Be of good moral character, and “well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States.”
The process involves preparing and filing the Form N-400 which is the Application for Naturalization. You will be required to submit many documentary requirements to support your application. There will be an interview, and also English and civics tests. If you are successful, you will be invited to take the Oath of Allegiance.
It is important to note that the application for citizenship via naturalization is a long, and sometimes rigorous, process.
The Spanish Group Operations Manager Salvador Ordorica said, “In every step of the way, it is important to work with professionals for your documentary requirements. The slightest error can derail the whole application.”
Ordorica added, “Submitting false, improper or erroneous documents will speak volumes of your judgment and character, which are major considerations when approving immigration or citizenship applications.”
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During his time in the university, he wrote about Cuban-American population and relations, and the incorporation of Cuban-Americans into mainstream American society.
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