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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why become a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization?

This is the first and most important question you could ask. 

  • First, there are many benefits that you will be eligible for, like disability, that are not available to non-citizens. 
  • Second, in almost all cases you are protected from deportation, even if you commit a criminal offense. 
  • Third, you become a part of the greatest experiment in world history. 
  • Lastly, and in our opinion most importantly, you will have the ability to participate in this country by voting for our leaders, by being numbered as a citizen of the greatest country in the world, and by being protected as a citizen of the United States.

2. What is Naturalization?

Naturalization is the process through which a person that was not born in the U.S., nor was born to a U.S. Citizen parent  can obtain U.S. Citizenship.

3. How long do I have to be a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) before applying to Naturalized Citizenship?

There are two possible answer depending on your circumstance. 
  • For some it could be as little at 3-years. 
  • For most it will be at least a 5-year wait.

4. How do I know the date that I became an LPR?

On your LPR card (Green Card), you will see two dates at the bottom of the card. The first date will be the date that your current card expires. The second date, closest to the bottom of the card, will be the "Resident Since" date. The second is the date that you became an LPR. That is the date used to determine your eligibility to apply for Naturalization.

5. Does the government charge a fee for Naturalization?

Yes, the government charges a filing fee for almost all immigration benefits. It is possible to get that fee waived in very limited circumstances. The normal filing fee is $725.

6. What will I need to send to immigration with my filing fee?

That really depends on your immigration and criminal history, your entries and exits while a resident, your previous dealings with certain government officials, and other information. Don't worry, we will walk you through the whole process.

7. How long does the Naturalization process take?

As all lawyers would say, it depends. There are many factors that determine the wait time for your application.

Some of these factors could include things such as how quickly you turn it in or how complete the file is when you apply. Where you live and how quickly you respond to government requests will also determine wait time. This process can take anywhere from 4 months to 18 months or longer.

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