Citizenship and Naturalization

Washington Citizenship and Naturalization Lawyer

Naturalization is the process by which foreign nationals can become citizens of the United States.  The individual seeking naturalization must meet certain basic requirements in order to be eligible for U.S. citizenship:

  • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of filing the naturalization application (subject to certain exceptions).
  • Be admitted to lawful permanent resident status.
  • Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, in most cases; the requirement is three years if married to a U.S. citizen.
  • Reside for at least three months in the state where the application is filed.
  • Meet physical presence requirements.
  • Maintain continuous residence in the United States from the date of filing the naturalization application to admission to citizenship.
  • Demonstrate fluency in communicating in the English language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of U.S. government and history.
  • Be of “good moral character.”

A continuous absence from the United States of more than six months may result in a finding of a break in continuity of residence and ineligibility for naturalization until the minimum time needed to fulfill the residence and physical presence requirements has been accumulated again.

The Law Firm of Washington Immigration Attorney Robert Charles Hill – Hill Visa Law – is experienced in working with its clients to provide such counsel and will be happy to assist you. To arrange a telephone consultation, call us at (202) 721-7205 or use the consultation form to describe your circumstances.

Caveat: The information above is intended to be only a general description of various visa categories under United States immigration laws and must not be construed as legal advice applicable in any specific matter. Facts and circumstances will vary from case to case and adequate counsel can be provided only upon deliberate consideration of the needs and circumstances of an individual client.


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