Pennsylvania is home to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our great nation, and if you are a lawful permanent resident looking to become a naturalized citizen, there’s no better place to turn that dream into a reality. A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania citizenship lawyer from our legal team would be honored to guide you through this process. Contact Cohen & Patel today to learn more about how we can assist you.
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Becoming a United States citizen is the end goal for most immigrants, and we take great pride in helping them make this goal a reality. If you need guidance through the naturalization process, please don’t hesitate to speak with a dedicated Montgomery County immigration lawyer from our firm.
Eligibility for U.S. Citizenship & Applying for Naturalization
If you are a lawful permanent resident of the United States, you may be eligible to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization. Naturalization is the legal process by which you can acquire the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, such as voting, running for office, traveling with a U.S. passport, and accessing federal benefits. In general, to apply for naturalization, you must meet certain eligibility requirements, including the following:
- Being at least 18 years old when you apply
- Having a green card for at least 3 to 5 years, depending on your category
- Being able to read, write, and speak basic English (depending on age)
- Having good moral character and attachment to the U.S. Constitution
- Having continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S.
- Passing a civics test and an interview
An Overview of the Naturalization Process
The naturalization process consists of 10 primary steps. They are as follows:
- Determine if you are already a U.S. citizen or if you are eligible to apply for naturalization
- Prepare your Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and gather the necessary documents and evidence
- Submit your Form N-400 online or by mail, and pay the application fee
- Go to your biometrics appointment, if applicable, where USCIS will collect your fingerprints, photograph, and signature
- Complete the interview, where USCIS will review your application and test your English and civics knowledge
- Receive a decision from USCIS on your application
- Receive a notice to take the Oath of Allegiance
- Take the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony
- Receive your Certificate of Naturalization
- Update your Social Security record
Depending on your specific case and current USCIS processing times, the process of becoming a naturalized citizen can vary. Typically, it takes several months, but it can take longer.
Benefits of Becoming a U.S. Citizen
Becoming a U.S. citizen has many benefits. Just some of the most significant benefits of becoming a naturalized United States citizen are as follows:
- The right to vote in federal, state, and local elections
- The ability to run for elected office
- Protection from deportation or removal
- Freedom to travel abroad without restrictions
- Eligibility for federal jobs and benefits that are not available to non-citizens
- The opportunity to sponsor family members for immigration
- The chance to participate in civic life and contribute to society
Contact a Pennsylvania Citizenship Lawyer Today
Don’t go through the naturalization process alone. Cohen & Patel would be honored to walk you through it and help you realize your American Dream. Contact a citizenship lawyer from our firm today so you can tell us your story and your goals, and so we can get started working on your case. We proudly serve clients seeking citizenship throughout the United States and in all of Pennsylvania, including in East Norriton, Norristown, Allentown, Lancaster, Bensalem, Easton, Levittown, Bethlehem, Erie, Mechanicsburg, Chester, Harrisburg, and more.