Citizenship & Naturalization
Guidance down the Road to Citizenship
Unless you are a U.S. citizen by birth, you will have to obtain citizenship through a process known as naturalization. Every day, people from every corner of the world apply for naturalization to enjoy the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship. If you, too, are seeking citizenship, having a skilled immigration attorney on your side can improve your chances of success.
At Davis & Associates, we understand that individuals beginning the path toward citizenship benefit from the compassionate support and informed guidance of our citizenship attorneys in Texas. From our offices in Dallas and Houston, we serve clients throughout the country in their efforts to become citizens.
The Naturalization Process
Naturalization is a fairly straightforward process, but you must meet several criteria to apply. Once you have applied, you will be required to partake in an interview, pass English and civics tests, and declare your allegiance to the U.S.
To become a U.S. citizen through naturalization, you must:
- Have held a green card for at least five years
- Be 18 or older
- Be a person of good moral character
- Speak English and be able to pass an English test
- Pass a U.S. government and history (civics) test
- Have lived in the same state for at least three months before filing
- Have been physically present in the U.S. for at least 30 months out of the last five years of being a green card holder
Other Paths to Citizenship
In addition to meeting the aforementioned requirements, there are a few other ways you can qualify to apply for naturalization.
You may seek citizenship if:
- You are a U.S. citizen living outside of the country and have a child born outside the U.S.
- You have a green card and have been living in a marital union with a U.S. citizen for at least three years and meet all other requirements
- You are serving or have served in the U.S. armed forces and meet the other requirements
Why Seek U.S. Citizenship?
Although being a green card holder/lawful permanent resident lets you live and work freely in the U.S., you miss out on some of the rights reserved only for citizens.
As a U.S. citizen, you:
- Have the right to vote
- Get priority in sponsoring family members for green cards
- Can obtain citizenship for your children born outside the U.S.
- Can become an elected official
- Can travel with a U.S. passport
- Receive full protection from deportation
To get started on your road to citizenship, consult with our citizenship and naturalization attorneys in Texas today.