Helping Immigrants Toward Citizenship
The United States has been a nation of immigrants from its outset. Today, it welcomes individuals from around the world who wish to build a life on its soil. However, the process of becoming an American can be long and requires sincere effort to complete. If you wish to become a U.S. citizen, there are several legal routes you must take.
Other citizenship Considerations
The U.S. military has several programs that recruit foreign nationals with exceptional skills. Participating in one of these programs often provides an expedited path to citizenship. In order to qualify, you must pass the same English and civics exam as immigrants undergoing the naturalization process. You must also be at least 18 years old and honorably serve for one year or more.
If you’re engaged to a U.S. citizen, you may become a citizen as well. This process tends to be shorter and more straightforward than naturalization. First, your fiancé must file a petition with the U.S. government to allow you to enter the country. Once in the U.S., you can marry, apply for a status adjustment to get a green card, and begin your residency.
The path to citizenship varies by individual. Elements that may affect your eligibility include your country of origin, employment opportunities and status as a refuge or asylum seeker. Whichever route is available to you, it’s essential that you adhere to the legal process. Overstaying a visa or otherwise going “out of status” can negatively affect your chances to gain U.S. citizenship, even resulting in deportation.