NY & Long Island Citizenship Attorney
Requirements for Naturalization
Generally, an applicant for naturalization must:
- Be at least 18 years of age on the date of the application and a legal permanent resident who obtained his or her LPR status in a lawful manner
- If one’s LPR status was obtained in error or through a fraudulent manner, then rescission proceedings may be filed against this person.
- Meet continuous residence and physical presence requirements
- Generally five years of continuous residence in the United States immediately before filing an N-400 naturalization application is required (three years are required if the applicant was married to the same U.S. Citizen for three years and that spouse has been an American Citizen for those three years);
- Immediately before filing the naturalization application, three months of residing in the state or district in which USCIS will adjudicate the application is required; and
- At least 30 months (18 months if married to a U.S. Citizen) of physical presence (aggregate, not consecutive) in the United States is required.
- Support the U.S. Constitution and read, write and understand English and understand U.S. history and civics
- An individual may be eligible for an exception to the English and civics naturalization requirements if one has a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment.
- An individual may be eligible for 50/20 or 55/15 exception and be exempt from the english language requirement but still are required to take the civics portion of the examination.
Areas of Concern
The following (which is not exhaustive) may result in a denial or in the worst case scenario – result in the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA) and removal (deportation) proceedings.
- False claim of U.S. Citizenship or Registering to Vote
- Criminal Misconduct (as well as excessive traffic violations and civil infractions)
- Failure to comply with Selective Service Registration Requirements
- Failure to File Taxes
Allow us to help you with the naturalization process. Call the Law Firm of Kyce Siddiqi before you submit your N-400 application.