On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. This document has served as the supreme law of America for over 200 years, and it guarantees the rights and freedoms of all Americans – including immigrants.
In addition to celebrating the signing of the Constitution, September 17 is also Citizenship Day. This is a time to honor all those who have become U.S. citizens, and it is also an opportunity for immigrants and legal permanent residents to learn more about the naturalization process.
If you are an immigrant or legal permanent resident who is interested in becoming a U.S. citizen, there are a few things you need to do. First, you need to meet the eligibility requirements, which include being at least 18 years old, being a lawful permanent resident for at least five years, and being able to read, write, and speak basic English. You can find more information about the eligibility requirements on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
Once you have met the eligibility requirements, you can start the naturalization process. This process includes taking a citizenship test, submitting an application, and going through an interview. The naturalization process can take several months or even years, so it is important to start early.
If you are eligible to become a U.S. citizen, I encourage you to take the next steps to make it happen. Becoming a U.S. citizen is a great way to show your commitment to this country, and it also gives you the right to vote, run for office, and serve on a jury.
So what are you waiting for? Start the naturalization process today!
Immigration law is complicated, confusing and – especially now – changing rapidly. The advice and guidance of an experienced immigration lawyer can save you time, money and stress – and make the difference in whether your citizenship application is approved or denied.
The skilled immigration lawyers at Godoy Law Office can answer any questions about citizenship and immigration and guide you through every step of the citizenship process. Call us today at 630-345-4164.