What You Need To Know About Naturalization
Naturalization is the process by which immigrants become U.S. citizens. To naturalize, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have been a legal permanent resident for five years (or three, if you’re married to a U.S. citizen.).
- You must have lived continuously in the United States for five years, with documentary proof showing your physical presence for at least 30 months out of the five years.
- You must have lived in the state where you’re filing for at least 90 days.
- You must pass an English and Civics test.
- You must demonstrate that you’ve had a good moral character for at least five years and that you continue to have good moral character.
Of course, there are exceptions to several of these requirements, particularly if you have served in the military. Often citizenship applications are denied simply because the immigrant failed to properly fill out the form. In other cases, criminal or unethical behavior was indicated during the background check.
Confused About The Process? We Can Help.
Our attorneys have extensive experience with naturalization and other immigration matters. Contact us today to get skilled legal advice about your situation. We can help you apply properly the first time in Maryland or appeal if you’ve been denied once.