What to Know About Becoming a Naturalized Citizen

The process of becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States can be very stressful and time-consuming. We understand all the effort it takes to become a naturalized citizen, which is why it is a great pleasure to help our clients become U.S. citizens. As you begin this process, contact a US Naturalization lawyer in Milwaukee, WI so we can help make this process as efficient as possible.

How do I become a naturalized citizen?

The process of becoming a naturalized citizen is simpler than many people think. Part of this misunderstanding is because of how extensive the green card application process is, so people assume naturalization would be equally, if not more, difficult. However, if you’re trying to become a naturalized citizen, you’ll be glad to know that the process only involves submitting one government document with a few supporting documents, as well as attending an interview. This interview is meant to assess your knowledge of U.S. history, government, and the English language. For guidance through this process, call our Wisconsin immigration attorneys.

What are the qualifications to become a naturalized citizen?

To become a naturalized citizen, you must first meet the requirements for citizenship. This includes:

  • Being at least 18 years old
  • Must have lived in your state for at least 3 months before applying
  • Must be physically present in the U.S. for a minimum of 30 months before the application
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak in English
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of U.S. history and government
  • Must stay in the U.S. from the time you apply through the date of your naturalization
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must have had a green card for 5 years or more before the date of the application

Which tests will I need to take to become a naturalized citizen?

As we’ve mentioned above, there are two tests that you will need to pass before becoming a naturalized citizen: the U.S. civics exam and the English requirement. To prepare for the civics exam, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers a list of questions that may appear on the exam. You will only need to get a portion of the questions correct, but you must prepare thoroughly because you won’t know which questions will be used on the exam. Your ability to speak English will be assessed by your interviewer, and your ability to read and write will be tested by having you write a sentence in English and read a short paragraph.

Contact our experienced Wisconsin firm

If you’re facing any immigration-related matter, contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C., and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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