Citizenship Lawyer in Dayton

Being a citizen of the United States affords an individual as many rights and benefits that the country has to offer. For instance, federal and state voting rights, the right to petition family members to live in the country, and to go abroad without fear of losing the right to go back. However, it is precisely for these reasons that U.S. citizenship is difficult to obtain. Unless you’re one of the fortunate ones who automatically qualify for citizenship through birth or your parents, you have to apply for U.S. citizenship via the naturalization process. But before you apply, you should have been a lawful permanent resident or green card holder for three or five years and also satisfy certain eligibility requirements. 

Am I Eligible for U.S. Citizenship?

If you’re interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, you should first ensure that you meet these basic eligibility requirements:

  • You’re 18 years old or older.
  • You’ve been a lawful permanent resident (green card holder) for five years, except if you’re an asylee or refugee, obtained your green card through a U.S. citizen spouse, or a member of the U.S. military.
  • You’ve lived in the country continuously for the past five years before your citizenship application, and you haven’t spent more than a year (continuously) outside the U.S.
  • You’ve resided in the state or district where you’re filing your citizenship application prior to filing it. 
  • You’ve been physically present in the country for a minimum of 2.5 years of the five years prior to filing for U.S. citizenship.
  • You’re in good moral standing, such that you have not committed a crime or failed to pay child support or taxes, etc. 
  • You’re willing to swear the oath of allegiance stating that you truly believe in the U.S. Constitution’s principles and will remain loyal to the country, with certain exceptions and modifications in some cases. 

What’s The U.S. Citizenship Process Like?

You’ll have to complete the citizenship application and then send it to the USCIS with a copy of your permanent resident card (green card), the required fee, and require photos. Next, you’ll need to wait for several months to hear back from your local USCIS, depending on the office’s backlogs. 

If the USCIS does not see anything wrong with your application, you’ll be scheduled for a biometric fingerprint appointment and given an interview date. During your interview, the USCIS officer will test your U.S. government and history knowledge and your English language skills, unless you’re exempted from taking these tests. Disabled applicants will be provided appropriate accommodations in interviews.

If everything goes well during your interview and you passed the tests, you will be given a date for your oath or swearing-in ceremony. During this ceremony, you will become an official U.S. citizen and receive your certificate of naturalization. 

Seek Legal Guidance from a Competent Ohio Immigration Lawyer Now

For more information on the eligibility requirements and application process for U.S. citizenship, you can contact The VanNoy Firm’s Ohio immigration lawyer. Set up your appointment with our Ohio immigration lawyer by completing our online contact form or calling us today. 

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