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Naturalization and Citizenship

Becoming a U.S. citizen and holding the U.S. passport is the American dream for many immigrants. 我们很荣幸能够帮助我们的客户通过这个过程,准确地评估一个人获得美国签证的资格.S. citizenship, preparing a quality naturalization package, preparing for a citizenship interview, and accompanying our clients to the citizenship interview. Pender & 科沃德移民律师指导我们的客户完成整个入籍过程,直到他们一手拿着入籍证书,一手拿着美国国旗.

Naturalization and Citizenship Applications

Naturalization is the process of becoming a U.S. citizen for people who were born outside of the U.S. If you have a parent who was a U.S. citizen before turned you turned 18, then you can apply for a Certificate of Citizenship, instead of Naturalization, as you can obtain automatic U.S. citizenship through your parent.

Before naturalization, 合法的永久居民申请人必须年满18岁,并愿意支持和捍卫美国.S. 及其章程,申请人必须符合实际的、持续存在的要求. 具体来说,那些仍然与美国公民结婚或同居的永久居民.S. citizen petitioners can apply in 3 years, 而其他永久居民则必须符合连续五年的永久居民身份. Also, an applicant must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the required continuous presence time, 除非某人因在海外工作而获得豁免.

Permanent Residency and Green Cards

In general, 一个人可以通过职业移民或家庭移民获得永久居留权(绿卡). For specifics, please visit our employment-based immigration page and family-based immigration page.

Citizenship Tests and Interviews

一旦申请人提交了入籍申请,美国移民局就会对其进行审查.S.C.I.S. will schedule an in-person interview at a local field office.
At the interview, 面试官将审查申请,申请人将参加公民身份或入籍考试, unless the applicant qualifies for an exemption.

在你申请入籍之前,你必须首先确定你的资格. We will review your record, including any criminal/arrest record and travel record, 和你的英语能力决定你是否有资格申请入籍.

Specifically, 您必须是年满18岁的合法永久居民, who is willing to support and defend the U.S. and its Constitution. 您还必须满足实际的、持续存在的要求. 仍然与美国公民结婚或同居的永久居民.S. citizen petitioners can apply in 3 years, 而其他永久居民则必须符合连续五年的永久居民身份. 最后,申请人必须身在美国.S. for at least half of the required continuous presence time.

入籍考试由两部分组成:英语水平测试和公民考试. While an applicant does not need to speak perfect English, an applicant needs to be able to read, write, and speak basic English language. For the civics exam, 面试官将从预先提供的100个有关美国政府和历史的问题中选择10个问题. 申请人需要正确回答至少六个问题才能通过公民考试. Thankfully, the U.S.C.I.S. 提供学习材料和100个问题及答案,可在uscis找到.gov/citizenship.

申请人可以在移民律师的陪同下进行入籍面试. 我们的律师可以在准备和提交入籍申请方面提供帮助, 并陪同我们的客户入籍面试.

如果您的年龄在50岁或以上,并且您已经成为永久居民20年(“50/20”例外)。, 或者年满55岁,并且成为永久居民满15年(“55/15”例外), then you will be exempted from the English language exam. While you are still required to take the civics test, 你可以带自己的翻译用母语参加公民考试, who is fluent in both English and your native language.
In the alternative, 如果你有身体上或发育上的残疾或精神上的损伤,使你不能参加考试, 你可以通过由有执照的医生或骨科医生完成的医学证明来免除英语和公民考试, or licensed clinical psychologist.

If you have been arrested, detained, or cited by a law enforcement officer, 那么我们要求你获得一份法庭判决文件的认证副本, including expunged records and probation records. Then, 我们的移民律师会检查你的犯罪记录,以确定你的资格和申请的时间.

Applying for naturalization to become a U.S. citizen is an exciting process for our clients. Pender & 科沃德的移民律师在申请有条件的永久居民入籍方面经验丰富, 以及评估申请人是否有刑事/逮捕/传票记录或其他违反州/联邦法律的历史.

可以在满足连续居住要求前90天内申请入籍, 而不是等待整整5年(或3年的永久居民仍然是已婚或同居的美国公民).S. citizen petitioners). 如果你想尽快申请入籍,你有资格, then we advise our clients to speak to Pender & 科沃德移民律师尽快为您感兴趣并有资格申请入籍.