The ultimate goal of many immigrants to the US is
citizenship through naturalization, which is the acquisition of citizenship
is the age requirement for naturalization?
basic requirement for naturalization is that the applicant must be at least 18
years old. Children younger than 18 whose parents are naturalized automatically
obtain US citizenship as long as the children have also met the requisite
have to live in the United States before I am naturalized?
are a number of requirements related to residency in the US that must be
satisfied for naturalization. In most cases, the applicant must
additional requirements must be met to naturalize?
applicant must demonstrate good moral character and an attachment to the
principles embodied in the US Constitution. Finally, they must possess basic
English skills and knowledge of the history and government of the US.
there any exceptions to the requirements?
There are some groups of people who, even if they could
demonstrate these requirements, are still not eligible to become citizens. These
include people who have held certain ideological beliefs and people who have
deserted the US military. While criminal offenses do not of themselves preclude
a person from being naturalized, after 1996 people convicted of aggravated
felonies are unable to show good moral character. US law no longer contains
provisions that prevent a person from naturalizing because of their ethnicity.
Gregory Siskind is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.
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