An individual can obtain US citizenship in one of three ways. The vast majority of American citizens obtain their US citizenship by having been born in the United States. The second groups of American citizens are those who are born abroad to at least one American citizen parent. The final group gains their U.S. citizenship through a process called naturalization. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants get U.S. citizenship through naturalization each year.
The journey to U.S. citizenship through naturalization typically begins when a foreign national obtains lawful permanent residence (LPR) in the United States. After a number of years, a green card holder may be eligible to apply for citizenship. Gaining U.S. citizenship will give you rights such as voting in federal elections, holding federal employment, and being able to travel and live outside the U.S. without restriction. Furthermore, U.S. citizens have the added protection of not being deportable upon commission of certain acts or crimes.
Naturalization is the process to obtain United States citizenship. The process typically takes 4-6 months from the time of filing until the interview. Before filing the N-400 application it is imperative a qualified immigration attorney review your case. If your case is denied, you will risk being placed in deportation proceedings, where you may lose your lawful permanent resident status and be deported.
Julia ThomeAssociate AttorneyJulia Thome is an associate in the Orange County office. Ms. Thome represents both individuals and employers throughout the United States and worldwide. Ms. Thome specializes in employment visas including H-1B, L-1, O-1, TN, and investor visas including E-2 and EB-5.
Mathew HigbeeAttorney at LawMathew Higbee utilizes his unique blend of legal and professional experience to deliver success for his clients. He has handled a wide-range of cases in both criminal and civil courts. He has served as a prosecutor and defense counsel. He is a frequent commentator and guest writer for various media.
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