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If you or a loved one have immigration questions regarding becoming an American Citizen, let Ritchie Reiersen Immigration lawyers help. Citizenship and naturalization questions can be complex, confusion and often very frustrating. At Ritchie Reiersen Immigration Law, our team of Immigration Lawyers is experienced with all your immigration needs. We provide immigration services in Kennewick, Yakima, Moses Lake, Tacoma, Seattle, and Auburn. Call today at 1 (888) 884-7337.
How to Become a United States Citizen
Typically, there are two basic ways to become a United States Citizen. The first is by birth and the second way to become a citizen of the United States is through the immigration process known as naturalization.
Birth in the United States
If someone is born in the United States, he or she automatically becomes a U.S. citizen. Likewise, if you are born outside of the United States, but you have a U.S. citizen parent, you likely qualify to be a U.S. citizen.
To qualify for naturalization, you must previously be a permanent resident for at least three years. Permanent residency is commonly referred to as having a “green card,” and is obtained either through the familial relationship with a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or through obtaining permission to be in the United States for Employment. There are many requirements to become a naturalized U.S. citizen including the listed items below:
- Be a lawful permanent resident of the United States for 5 years or 3 years if married to a U.S. citizen for a minimum of the 3 years (although there are certain exceptions to this requirement for persons who have honorable service in the U.S. Armed Forces);
- Be physically present in the United States for over 50% of the required residency period;
Be a person of good moral character;
- Take an oath of loyalty to the United States;
- Be able to speak, read and write simple words and phrases in the English language (although there are certain exceptions to this rule); and
- Pass a test in US history and government.
Why You Should have an Immigration Attorney
Many people with immigration needs find it very helpful to have an experienced immigration attorney because the laws involving immigration are complicated and always changing. Additionally, the paperwork can be very overwhelming and frustrating. At Ritchie Reiersen, we want each of our immigration clients to not only get the best possible outcome but also be treated like family. Our team of Immigration Lawyers is experienced with all your immigration needs and ready to help. We provide immigration services in Kennewick, Yakima, Moses Lake, Tacoma, Seattle, and Auburn. Call today at 1 (888) 884-7337.
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