Marrying a U.S. citizen allows you to apply for naturalization. How does that process work? Our Hialeah naturalization through marriage attorney answers this and more of your FAQs.
Our immigration attorneys get calls every day from individuals seeking citizenship through naturalization. The process can be complicated if you are not familiar with the rules and regulations that apply to naturalization. In this blog, we are sharing some of the most frequently asked questions our office receives to help you better understand your next steps toward naturalization.
What Is The Difference Between Citizenship And Naturalization?
Before we get to the naturalization process, we need to clarify some terms that seem similar. Citizenship and naturalization are different because you must be born in the United States to be a citizen. At the same time, you can become a naturalized citizen by following the naturalization process outlined by the USCIS. Both categories come with the same rights and responsibilities, but they have different requirements.
Does Marrying A U.S. Citizen Make You A Citizen?
No. You do not become a U.S. citizen through marriage alone. You are, however, classified as an immediate relative and qualify to apply for permanent residence (green card). Having a spouse who is a U.S. citizen makes you eligible to apply for citizenship through naturalization after three years of living with your spouse in the U.S.
How Long Does The Naturalization Process Take?
Once you have submitted Form N-400 to begin the naturalization process, it can take an average of 18-24 months to make it to your Oath of Allegiance ceremony. The USCIS has many field offices across the U.S. that process N-400 forms. These offices do not take walk-in appointments, so schedule your appointment to expedite your application.
What Are The Eligibility Requirements To Apply For Naturalization?
Before submitting your application for naturalization through marriage, it is important to ensure that you meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Reach the minimum age of 18
- Hold lawful permanent resident (LPR) status in the United States for three years or more
- Live with your U.S. citizen spouse for the entirety of those three years
- Maintain continuous residence in the United States for at least 18 months leading up to the filing date of your application
- Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English
- Possess knowledge of U.S. history and government
- And others
You can find the full list of eligibility requirements on the USCIS website.
What Happens During The USCIS Interview?
Before your application can be reviewed, you must sit down with a USCIS officer for an interview. Although it is not required that you have your Hialeah naturalization through marriage attorney present, we do recommend it. The interview is designed to verify the information on your application and gather additional details about your background and relationship with your spouse. Having an attorney with you will help the interview go smoothly and give you the best opportunity to have your application approved.
What Costs Are Associated With Naturalization?
With your application, you must submit an application fee and a biometrics fee. The USCIS will set the biometric appointment to gather your photo, signature, and fingerprints. The FBI will use this data for a background check.
Should You Hire A Hialeah Naturalization Through Marriage Attorney?
We recommend hiring a skilled immigration attorney to help you navigate the complexities of naturalization. Casais & Prias has a team of experienced immigration attorneys focusing on naturalization cases. We are dedicated to providing personalized and professional assistance to help you achieve your goal of becoming a naturalized citizen. Contact our skilled team today to receive the support and guidance you need on your journey toward citizenship.