It’s a dream of many people all over the world to achieve U.S. Citizenship. The road towards citizenship can be a long one however, and it’s important to know what to expect to ensure you have the best chance of reaching your goal. In Honolulu, the Law Office of Carmen DiAmore-Siah assists clients in pursuing residency in the U.S. using more than two decades of legal experience. As a respected immigration lawyer, DiAmore-Siah can provide essential information on the process for gaining U.S. citizenship, which has made her an indispensable legal resource for her clients.
Your Path to U.S. Citizenship: An Attorney Provides Insight
The first step to becoming a U.S. citizen usually entails obtaining a green card. This allows cardholders to permanently work and live in the United States, and there are a few different options available. For instance, you may apply through family, employment, or even as a result of your status as a victim of abuse. Once you’ve held your green card for a period of five years, you can then pursue U.S. citizenship.
To become fully naturalized, you must meet certain requirements in addition to holding a green card for five years. First, you must be at least 18 years of age when you actually file. You must also be fluent in English—both verbally and in writing—and it must be determined that you are of good moral fiber.
In terms of practical matters, you must live in the area where the application is being filed for at least months before officially filing, and you must continue living in the U.S. until the naturalization process is complete. This means that you can’t move back to your country of origin while your application is being processed.
The Law Office of Carmen DiAmore-Siah believes that all immigrants deserve a chance at becoming citizens of this great country. Schedule a consultation in Honolulu today by calling (808) 531-2277. You can also learn more about immigration law by visiting her practice online.