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Applying for U.S. Citizenship


Charlotte Viener and Associates offers legal assistance to legal permanent residents ready to apply for U.S. citizenship.

US Citizenship can be acquired in three ways:

1. Birth:  U.S. citizenship may be acquired by birth in the United States or by birth overseas to one or more U.S. citizen parents;

2. Derived:  Children born outside United States may automatically derive U.S. citizenship if a parent is a U.S. citizen by birth or naturalizes before the child reaches the age of 18, and certain other conditions are met;

3. Naturalization:  U.S. citizenship may also be acquired by naturalization, which requires filling an application, typically Form N-400 and satisfaction of statutory eligibility requirements.

In applying for naturalization, an applicant must be a Lawful Permanent Resident, be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the application (unless exempted from the age requirements), meet the continuous residence and physical presence requirements, must be a person of good moral character and comply with the Selective Service Registration. With few exceptions, the applicant must pass also pass a literacy, U.S. history and government test.

Generally, an individual must meet all of the above requirements and have been a legal permanent resident of the United States for at least five years before they can apply for US Citizenship. There are exceptions, however, for spouses of USC still residing together, VAWA applicants and members and their spouses of the U.S. Armed Forces.

If you are interested in applying for US Citizenship, the Attorneys at Charlotte Viener & Associates will help assist you in determining whether you are eligible and if so guide you through the entire process from filing the application to your swearing in ceremony. Our office is dedicated to making sure your quest for Citizenship is a smooth and seamless process.

For assistance with your U.S. citizenship application, please contact the experienced immigration attorneys of Charlotte Viener & Associates.

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