Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
For lawful permanent residents living in the United States, there are many advantages to obtaining citizenship: you become a full member of American society, you can vote, you can more easily sponsor your family members to come to the United States, you can obtain a U.S. passport, and you can never be deported or refused entry into the United States. Also, there are more employment and education opportunities available to U.S. citizens.
There can be pitfalls to obtaining citizenship. People who have been arrested or convicted of certain crimes, and people who have spent long period outside the United States must be particularly cautious. If you would like assistance, we can handle the most complex and difficult citizenship applications.