Naturalization And Citizenship: Everything You Need To Know
For over 40 years, David F. Vedder, P.A., has helped clients throughout the United States understand the naturalization and citizenship process. Based in Florida, we can explain the complex legal system in words you can understand. These decisions are ultimately yours. It is our job to provide you with the information you need and help you move forward.
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Naturalization Vs. Acquisition Of Citizenship
When it comes to citizenship, there are two ways to obtain it: naturalization and acquisition of citizenship. Acquisition is for those whose parents are U.S. citizens, but they are not. This is most common in adoption cases, and it has to be done before the child is 18.
What Is Naturalization?
Naturalization is the name for the process by which a lawful permanent resident may obtain citizenship, so it is best for someone who already holds a green card. Other requirements include obtaining residency for a certain amount of time and being able to read and write in English. You also must attend an interview and take a civics test.
What Is Citizenship?
Citizenship differs from naturalization. Citizenship is the status of being subject to the laws of the United States and possessing all of the rights of United States citizen. Citizenship may be obtained through many different processes, but naturalization is one of the most popular ways. Most people can obtain it through a family member, military service or marriage.
What Is Required For Naturalization?
The requirements for naturalization are relatively straightforward. You must make sure you are eligible to qualify for naturalization, otherwise you will be denied when you apply. These eligibility standards include being at least 18 years old and living in the U.S. for at least five years as a permanent resident.
If you are eligible, you can then file a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. This document will include all information that you will need in order to apply for naturalization. You will need your green card, as well as two passport-style photos and a check or money order for payment of the application if you are not paying by credit card. Additional documents may be necessary depending on your situation, such as marriage certificates, birth certificates or military service record.
Once your Form N-400 is filed, you will be required to submit biometric information, such as your finger prints, as a part of your background check. After this, you will be required to attend an interview to review your Form N-400 information, as well as take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption.
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Many people are not sure what path to take for citizenship, and it can become confusing quite quickly. Our team keeps you up to date as changes develop and helps you prepare the necessary documents. To schedule a consultation, call our office in Daytona Beach at 386-675-0872 today. You can also fill out our online contact form. We speak English, Spanish and Chinese. It does not matter where in the world you live. We are here for you.