The United States has long been the "Land of Opportunity," so it is no surprise that some immigrants in Kentucky and across the nation will one day want to apply for U.S. citizenship. The path towards citizenship can be confusing, and one misstep could delay the process. Fortunately, the attorneys at our firm understand what is necessary to become a U.S. citizen, and we are able to help our clients every step of the way.
There are numerous requirements that must be met to become a U.S. citizen. For example, the applicant needs to have a good grasp of the English language, including the ability to speak English, write in English and read English. In fact, part of becoming a U.S. citizen involves an English literacy test. At our firm, we can provide applicants with the resources, they need to learn English, including working with area school districts and tutors.
Another requirement that must be met to become a U.S. citizen is permanent residency. If an applicant is a permanent resident under a marriage visa, then they must be a resident of the U.S. for three years before they can apply to become a U.S. citizen. For others, it is five years. In addition to residency requirements, applicants must maintain a physical presence in the nation for at least 30 of the past 60 months.
In the end, pursuing U.S. citizenship is a noble goal, but it can be a complex one. The attorneys at our firm are knowledgeable about the requirements for citizenship and are able to put together a strategy that aims to make the process efficient and effective. Our U.S. permanent residency overview may be a good resource for those who want more information on this topic.