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Citizenship

Solidify your commitment to the American dream by becoming a U.S. Citizen.

Becoming a U.S. citizen is a rewarding experience which serves as a declaration of one’s loyalty to the U.S. and a demonstration of patriotism. Moreover, citizenship provides benefits not offered to legal permanent residents or nonimmigrants, including the right to vote, the right to hold some forms of public office, the right to apply for federal jobs, and the ability to sponsor family members for permanent residency with priority processing.

ILG is well-equipped with the knowledge and expertise to make the naturalization process as smooth as possible. We walk our clients through all the legal and social matters related to U.S. citizenship, and we advise on issues related to dual citizenship to provide our clients with the information they need to make informed decisions. Naturalization is a transformative event and we show our clients maximum dedication and diligence throughout the entire process.

Contact our office today to learn more about the naturalization process.

FAQ

What are the requirements for U.S. Citizenship?

If you are born in the U.S. or certain U.S. territories, or your parent(s) had U.S. citizenship at the time you were born, you have U.S. citizenship by birth.

To apply for citizenship (or naturalization) as a legal permanent resident, generally you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years, or if married to a U.S. citizen, have been a permanent resident for at least 3 years;
  • Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the previous 5 or 3 years;
  • Have resided in the jurisdiction (State/Service District) where you are applying for at least 3 months;
  • Have good moral character;
  • Demonstrate attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution;
  • Possess basic knowledge of the U.S. government, as determined through a civics test (some exemptions apply); and
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English (some exceptions apply).

           

Is dual citizenship allowed?

Dual nationality means being a citizen of two counties at the same time. The U.S. does not revoke citizenship of nationals who obtain citizenship in another county, but a person who applies for foreign citizenship after age 18 may relinquish their U.S. nationality if they have intent to do so, through statements or conduct.

It is important to determine the laws of the foreign country regarding dual citizenship as well, as each county has its own laws and policies.

How can I prepare for the English and civics test?

USCIS offers several tools to prepare for the English and civics test. Study materials for both tests are available online. An interactive practice civics test is also available online.