If you are a legal permanent resident (green card holder) and want to become a U.S. citizen, then the Law Office of Adrian Murati can help you through the naturalization process. Below you will
find the requirements for applying to become a U.S. citizen. If you think you qualify to begin the process, then call us at (815) 289-3209 to speak with a Rockford immigration attorney about your
The process for becoming a U.S. citizen is known as naturalization and you have to meet the following requirements:
Filing Form N-400 – The process for naturalization being by filing Form N-400 Application for Naturalization.
Lawful Permanent Resident Status in the U.S - You must have had a green card for at least 5 years. There are some limited exceptions to the time requirements, such as for
spouses of U.S. citizens.
Continuously Living – You must have lived in the U.S continuously for 5 years before filing the application, or 3 years if you are a spouse of a U.S. Citizen. Generally, you
can leave the US for up to six months and still meet the continuous living requirement. However, if you leave the U.S. between six months and one year, USCIS will need an explanation for your
Physical Presence – You must have been physically present in the U.S. for at least half of the 5 years before filing the application.
State Residence – You lived in the state where you are filing the application for at least 3 months before filing.
Age Requirement – You are at least 18 years old.
Good Moral Character – You must possess good moral character, especially for the five years preceding the filing of the application. Good moral character is not precisely
defined but generally it means that you have not committed serious crimes and that you fulfill your legal obligations, such as paying taxes or child support.
English Proficiency – You are able to understand, speak, read, and write in English. There are some exceptions for long-term residents over a certain age and people with
certain medical disabilities.
Naturalization Test – You need to pass a test covering U.S. history and government.
Oath of Citizenship – You are willing to swear that you believe in the principles of the U.S. Constitution and will be loyal to the country.
Compared to other areas of immigration law, applying for naturalization is much more straightforward and most people comfortable with the English language and filling out forms can do it by
themselves. However, we strongly urge you to consult with us before filing your papers if any of the following situations apply to you:
You entered the United States more than once without permission from the government.
- You have been deported or removed from the U.S.
- You received a notice to go to immigration court but you did not go.
- An immigration judge ordered you to leave the United States but you did not return to your home county.You lied about your U.S. citizenship status.
- You have been stopped or arrested by the police or immigration.
- You have been convicted of a crime and spent time in jail.
- You have been convicted of a crime in your home country.
- You had a criminal record which was expunged, sealed, or erased.
- You got married only to obtain papers for the United States.
The filing fee for the N-400 Application for Naturalization is $595 and you will have to pay an additional $85 biometrics fee which brings the total to $680. We usually charge the following
Apply for Naturalization – This option includes a comprehensive review to make sure you are eligible to apply for naturalization, a review of
any factors (like arrests) that could have a negative effect on your application, filling out the required forms, study materials for the English and civics test, and preparation for the
citizenship interview with USCIS. Flat-Free Price: $500
Attend Naturalization Interview – We can prepare you for the interview with USCIS and attend the interview with you. Flat-Fee Price: $350.
Naturalization Document Review – If you are comfortable filling out the forms by yourself but would like the peace-of-mind of having an attorney review everything, then this
is the best option for you. We will go over all your documents to make sure that you have filled in everything correctly so we can minimize the chances of delay or denial of your application.
Flat-Fee Price: $200.
Receiving your U.S. citizenship can be an exciting moment and we welcome the opportunity to help you make sure the process goes smoothly. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to set up a time to meet with a
Rockford immigration attorney to discuss the process.