Naturalization is the process in which a person that is born outside of the United States obtains U.S. Citizenship. The process is tedious yet very rewarding. To be eligible, there are a few conditions you must meet before filing.
You are eligible to file for Naturalization if:
Continuous residence is where permanent residents maintain their residency in the U.S. (5 years, 3 years for Spouse of U.S. citizenship applicants). Travel in and out of the U.S. is permitted, however, if you have been outside the U.S. for a continuous period of more than 6 months, you have broken your continuous residence and should contact an attorney before applying for naturalization.
Physical presence is the accumulation of total time spent in the U.S. for the required statutory period. This is the number of days you have actually been present in the U.S. As noted above, travel outside the U.S. is permitted, however, that time spent out of the U.S. does not count toward the statutory time period as it does with continuous period. You can accrue continuous residence while out of the U.S., but it will not be counted towards physical presence.
Spouses of U.S. citizens are eligible to naturalize within three years of their permanent resident status if they meet the criteria below. The requirements are similar to that of Naturalization, however, length of residency and presence are shorter than the standard naturalization requirements. You may qualify if you:
Naturalization is also available for spouses of U.S. Citizens that are employed abroad. You or your spouse may qualify for this if you:
This is a very nuanced exemption, however, extremely beneficial for individuals who would otherwise never meet the requirements but for this exemption. Mubarak Law has handled these types of cases successfully for clients from all over the world. If you are abroad and would like to know if you qualify for naturalization to become a US citizen, please contact our office.
Please please feel free to visit our Immigration FAQs page which include natralization and other immigration-related topics, or contact us at (407) 502-3000.
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