Practice Areas

06. Naturalization & Citizenship

Naturalization & Citizenship

United States citizenship is a unique bond that unites people around civic ideals and a belief in the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The promise of citizenship is grounded in the fundamental value that all persons are created equal and serves as a unifying identity to allow persons of all backgrounds, whether native or foreign-born, to have an equal stake in the future of the United States.

A person can become a U.S. citizen in the following ways:

 

  • Birth in the U.S.

  • Adoption by U.S. Citizens

  • Birth Overseas to Two U.S. Citizen Parents

  • Birth Overseas to One U.S. Citizen Parent (limited circumstances)

  • Naturalization

 

Generally, the following requirements must be met to qualify for Naturalization:

 

  • Five years of continuous residence in the U.S. (three if married to a U.S. Citizen)

  • Residency in Immigration District Where Application is Filed

  • Able to Read, Write, and Speak English

  • Good Moral Character

  • Knowledge of U.S. History and Government

 

Certain applicants may request an exemption of the language or residency requirements. However, this is limited to qualifying individuals and the request must be supported by evidence of the qualification.

We, at Reiner & Pleva, PLLC can help you to secure your citizenship.

America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.

James Madison

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Initial Consultation

We can answer many of your immigration questions in an initial consultation either by phone or in person.

We will help you assess your situation, identify the immigration issues, and provide information you need to make an informed decision.