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Requirements for Becoming A Naturalized or U.S. Citizen

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The process of becoming a U.S. citizen is painstaking and complex. From adhering to the strict requirements to filing the final application, there are several moving parts involved. It’s for this reason why hiring Badmus & Associates, a team of Dallas TX immigration attorneys, is in your best interest. As seasoned Dallas TX immigration attorneys, we know the ins and outs of the naturalization process. Below, you’ll find some insight into what’s required of a prospective American citizen.

Permanent Residency
Before applying for citizenship, you must be a permanent resident of the United States for five years (three years if married to a US Citizen in some cases). However, there are some rare exceptions to this rule. For example, if you served overseas in the U.S. military, you might be exempt from this requirement.

Continuous Residence
Immigration policy states that a budding U.S. citizen must live in the country for five years continuously (three years if married to a US citizen in some cases)  before applying for citizenship. You’re allowed to leave the country during this period, but you’ll be expected to maintain residence and provide of residence such as paying rent, mortgage, taxes, etc. during your time away.

Physical Presence
From the time that your residence was established, you must have been physically present in the country for at least half of your residence period to be considered for citizenship. This is a cumulative calculation so if you frequently travel internationally, you need to be sure you keep good records to show that you have accumulated the required physical presence. Moreover, you’ll need to have lived at your current address for three months before applying for citizenship.

Moral Character
Most importantly, you’ll need to have a squeaky-clean record. USCIS will go through your past with a fine-tooth comb, so while living in the United States, it’s imperative to uphold good behavior. If you have criminal or even immigration violations, they could throw a wrench into your application process.

This article is provided as an educational service and is not legal advice. To ensure that everything goes swimmingly, enlist the help of a Badmus & Associates immigration attorney. With our experience and expertise, we can help you navigate these waters. Give us a call at 214-393-4917 or fill out form below to schedule an appointment.

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