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Naturalization is a legal process that enables a foreign citizen to become a U.S. citizen. The Khan Law Firm is unlike any traditional law firm. Our citizenship and naturalization attorney in Murrieta provides an honest assessment of every situation and guides you through the immigration process to help you achieve your dream of becoming a citizen.

Contact our law firm at (951) 433-7124 for guidance about all aspects of citizenship and naturalization. We are proud to serve clients in Murrieta, Temecula & Inland Empire.

What is the Difference Between Naturalization and Citizenship?

Although both documents are used to demonstrate citizenship, there is a difference in the process. U.S. citizenship certificates are given to individuals who are born outside the United States but attain citizenship through their U.S. citizen parents. Naturalization is granted when a person born in a foreign county goes through the naturalization process.

What is the Naturalization Process?

Naturalization is a legal process that allows a citizen of a foreign country to obtain citizenship in the United States.

The naturalization process in the United States involves several steps. Here is a general outline of the process:

  1. Determine Eligibility: Before starting the naturalization process, you should ensure that you meet all eligibility requirements. These include being at least 18 years old, being a permanent resident (green card holder) for at least five years (or three years if married to a U.S. citizen), demonstrating continuous residence and physical presence in the U.S., and showing good moral character, among others.

  2. Complete Form N-400, Application for Naturalization: This is the official application form for U.S. citizenship. It requires detailed information about your background, including your residence and employment history, marital history, and other biographical information.

  3. Submit Form N-400 with Required Documents and Fee: Along with your completed application, you'll need to submit certain documents, such as copies of your green card. You'll also need to pay a filing fee, which is currently $725 (including the $640 naturalization application fee and the $85 biometrics fee).

  4. Attend Biometrics Appointment: After your application is received, you'll be scheduled for a biometrics appointment, where your fingerprints will be taken for a background check.

  5. Complete the Citizenship Interview and Test: Once your background check is cleared, you'll be scheduled for an interview with a USCIS officer. During this interview, you'll be asked questions about your application and background. You'll also take the U.S. civics and English tests, unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver.

  6. Receive a Decision from USCIS: After the interview, USCIS will provide you with a notice of their decision - granted, continued (if you need to provide more evidence or fail the test), or denied.

  7. Take the Oath of Allegiance: If your application is approved, you'll participate in a naturalization ceremony, where you'll take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States. After taking the oath, you'll receive your Certificate of Naturalization, which serves as proof of your U.S. citizenship.

Please note that this is a general guideline and the process may vary based on individual circumstances. For accurate and personalized advice, it's always best to consult with an immigration attorney.

To become a United States citizen, you must:

  • File the application (Form N-400)
  • Appear for an interview
  • Take English and civics tests
  • Take the Oath of Allegiance to America

Citizenship grants individuals various rights, including the right to vote, and obtain a U.S. passport. Our citizenship and naturalization lawyer in Murrieta works to help clients achieve their immigration goals. We evaluate each situation to recommend the best course of action to help you reach your goal of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.

We encourage you to contact us by calling (951) 433-7124 to have your questions answered in a consultation.

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