Citizenship

UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP

Attaining a United States Citizenship can be exceptionally awarding and exceedingly valuable for the reason that as a citizen of the United States you will be provided with all the rights and privileges afforded to each and every United States citizen. Taking the opportunity to review your options and deciding to seek United States Citizenship may be the most important decision in your life. Allow a New Jersey Immigration Attorney at Juzmeski Law Firm to assist and guide you through this process and potentially reach your specific goals.

There are a variety of avenues that an individual may attain United States Citizenship when necessary documentation is filed and particular qualifications are satisfied.

Citizenship through Naturalization

You may qualify if:

  • You have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • You have been a permanent resident for 3 years or more and meet all eligibility requirements to file as a spouse of a U.S. citizen.
  • You have qualifying service in the U.S. armed forces and meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Your child may qualify for naturalization if you are a U.S. citizen, the child was born outside the U.S., the child is currently residing outside the U.S., and all other eligibility requirements are met.
  • You may also qualify through other paths.

Citizenship through Parents

Under §320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, amended by the Child Citizenship Act, a child automatically becomes a U.S. citizen when all of the following conditions are met:

  • At least one parent of the child is a U.S. citizen, whether by birth or naturalization.
  • The child is under the age of 18 years.
  • The child resides in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent based on a lawful admission for permanent residence.
  • An adopted child may automatically become a citizen under §320 if certain requirements are satisfied.

Under §322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, amended by the Child Citizenship Act, a biological or adopted child who regularly resides outside of the United States may qualify for naturalization when the following conditions are met:

  • At least one parent is a U.S. citizen or, if deceased, the parent was a U.S. citizen at the time of death;
  • The U.S. citizen parent or his or her U.S. citizen parent has or at the time of death had been physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for at least 5 years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of 14;
  • The child is under the age of 18 years;
  • The child is residing outside of the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent or, if the citizen parent is deceased, an individual who does not object to the application;
  • The child is temporarily present in the United States after having entered lawfully and is maintaining lawful status in the United States;
  • An adopted child may be eligible for naturalization under section 322 if certain requirements are satisfied.

Naturalization Test

In addition to filing the necessary documentation and meeting the required qualifications, a naturalization test will be administered during your naturalization interview that you must pass in order to become a naturalized United Stated citizen.

Contact Juzmeski Law Firm Today to Schedule a Consultation.

To discuss your matter with a New Jersey Immigration Attorney, contact the Juzmeski Law Firm by email or call (201) 288-2250 to schedule a Consultation.

All initial consultations and further communication with your attorney through the life of your matter will be held of utmost importance and confidential so that we may discuss your matter and any issues of concern in an open and candid, professional environment.

The Juzmeski Law Firm proudly serves and represents clients all across Northern and Central New Jersey with our office located at 1 US Highway 46, Suite 1, Elmwood Park, New Jersey.