Citizenship vs. Naturalization
Both certifications prove someone is a United States citizen, but they are not the same document. A U.S. citizenship certificate is awarded to someone who acquires citizenship from his or her U.S. parents, while a naturalization certificate is earned by someone who has completed the U.S. naturalization process.
Benefits of U.S. Citizenship
Citizenship is one of the most common factors of immigration cases, and for good reason. U.S. citizens are entitled to a much larger variety of rights than their non-citizen counterparts. As a legal citizen of the United States,
- You can vote in federal and state elections.
- You can bring your family members to the U.S.
- You can obtain citizenship for your children born abroad.
- You and your children cannot be deported to your former country.
- You can apply for a U.S. passport.
- You can travel with a U.S. passport, which provides you with U.S. government assistance while overseas.
- You can become eligible for federal jobs.
- You can participate in a jury.
- You can run for public office.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about the many privileges U.S. citizenship can provide.
Who is Eligible for Naturalization?
As a foreign national or immigrant applying for naturalization, you are required to meet a variety of qualifications. You must:
- Be 18 years of age or older at the time of filing your application.
- Be physically present or reside continuously in the United States.
- Have been a legal permanent resident for the past three or five years.
- Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
- Have adequate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government.
- Be loyal to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
- Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance.
- Be of good moral behavior.
If you’re wondering whether you qualify for naturalization, or have questions about its process, contact our team of immigration attorneys. We’ll schedule you a consultation so you can start getting the answers you need.
Why Get an Immigration Attorney Involved?
A skilled attorney can be an incredibly valuable resource throughout the immigration process. Our team at Coffylaw, LLC has over 90 years of combined experience, and we’re prepared to put it to work for you. As your legal representatives, we’ll be by your side to help you navigate the system and address any concerns you may have. Start your pursuit of the American Dream by contacting us today. We are proud to serve clients nationwide, including those in Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the New York City metro.