As a citizen in the United States there are many privileges and benefits to obtain and the most common way is through the naturalization process. The process to obtain citizenship can be overwhelming for some so it is encouraged to seek legal aid from an immigration lawyer to properly acquire and conduct proper legal filings.
How to qualify?
You must qualify for citizenship before you can begin the naturalization process. To qualify for citizenship you must:
- Update Address
If you move from your current residence, you must notify the USCIS.
- Register for selective service
If you are a male between the ages of 18 and 26, you must sign up for the selective service. Registering does not designate your position in the military. However, you must prove that you are willing to participate should your service be needed.
- Pay income tax
If you are employed, you must pay taxes to the federal government.
- Maintain continuous residence
If you leave the country for more than six months, you can hinder your chances of obtaining citizenship. If you leave the country for 12 months, you must start the citizenship process over.
- Maintain physical presence
Live in the United States for 5 years, 3 years if you are married
If you have been living over 5 years in the United States or have been married to a U.S citizen for a total for three years, you can start the citizenship process.
To become a citizen you must do the following:
- File for citizenship
- Take the naturalization test
- Speak, read, and write English
- Learn Civics: U.S history and government
- Learn the rights and responsibilities of U.S citizens
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