Naturalization is the process by which certain individuals apply for US citizenship, as outlined at the Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA") 316. After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy almost all of the same benefits as US-born citizens, in particular, the right to vote.
In order to apply for naturalization, a person must demonstrate that he/she was:
lawfully admitted for permanent residence;
continuously resided in the United States for at least five (5) years as a permanent resident;
has been and remains a person of good moral character.
See, INA 316(a).
There may be instances where a person can apply for expedited naturalization, such as the case of a permanent resident who is married to a US Citizen, or certain individuals who have served in the US Armed Forces.
Tedesco Legal, P.C. is here to answer your questions about naturalization and determine if you are eligible to apply now or in the future. Contact our office to discuss your case now!