Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a lawful permanent resident after meeting certain requirements. Generally, you are eligible for naturalization if you have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years or you are a lawful permanent resident who has been married to a US citizen for at least 3 years.
When you decide to naturalize with Pathways, our legal staff will prepare your N-400 Application for Naturalization and remain by your side as a valuable resource until your oath ceremony.
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1. Right to Immigrate Family Members
A U. S. citizen can sponsor a wider number of family members to come to the U.S. and the waiting time for them to receive a visa is faster than for the relatives of permanent residents.
2. Derivative Citizenship for Children
When a permanent resident naturalizes, their children under age 18 may automatically become U.S. citizens by derivation. There are certain requirements to qualify for derivative citizenship.
3. Full Civic Participation
A U.S.citizen has the right to vote in national state, and local elections, to run for elected office, and to serve on a jury.
4. Travel Benefits
A U.S. citizen can travel outside the U.S. for unlimited periods of time and re-enter freely.
5. Public Benefits
A U.S. citizen can receive public benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid without the restrictions imposed on non-citizens.
6. Protection from Deportation
A U.S.citizen, unlike a lawful permanent resident, cannot be deported.
7. More Employment & Educational Opportunities
Many federal, state, and local government jobs, as well as certain scholarships for higher education, require U.S. citizenship.
General Eligibility Requirements
Be at least 18 years old
Have resided in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least five years.
Have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months
Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language
Have and understanding of the fundamentals of the history, and of the principles and form of government, of the United States
Have been an LPR for at least 5 years or you are an LPR who has been married to a U.S. citizen for 3 years.