Citizenship and Naturalization
There are three ways to obtain U.S. citizenship: by being born in the United States, by being born to a U.S. citizen or through the naturalization process.
The naturalization process starts by obtaining lawful entry into the United States and then gaining legal permanent resident status. To obtain this status, a person must live in the country for five consecutive years, or three years if the person is the spouse of an American citizen. Other qualifications include being 18 years of age or older, being able to read and write English and having good moral character and allegiance to the U.S.
Being a U.S. citizen allows you the right to vote, hold public office, travel on a U.S. passport and sponsor citizenship for your family members. At the law firm of Michael G. Murray, P.A., you will find a lawyer who has the knowledge to assist with the naturalization process.
Naturalization requires more than simply filing the appropriate paperwork. It is important that we review your case to identify any potential roadblocks. Minor criminal offenses or lengthy absences from the U.S. are issues which need to be carefully addressed. We identify potential roadblocks and determine ways to overcome them so that you can obtain citizenship.
The citizenship interview is a key piece of the naturalization process. You will be interviewed by an official from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We help you overcome stress by preparing you for this interview and educating you about what you will be asked. Our goal is to make your road to citizenship as smooth as possible.