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Naturalization is the legal process by which individuals born outside of the United States can obtain citizenship. Eligibility for naturalization is determined by meeting specific requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age; and

  • Be a permanent resident for either 3 or 5 years (depending on how you obtained status); and

  • Possess good moral character; and

  • Having a basic understanding of U.S. government

  • A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States; and

  • Demonstrate an ability to read, write, and speak the English language.


When you can apply for naturalization depends on a few criteria.


  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years; or

  • Have been a lawful permanent resident for at least 3 years during which time you have been, and continue to be, married to and have been living in a marriage relationship with your U.S. citizen spouse

  • Have honorable service in the U.S. military.


If you believe you meet the criteria for naturalization, please do not hesitate to contact our office for assistance.



The process of applying for immigration status through a family member can be a complex matter that involves several steps.


A U.S. citizen can file a petition for:

  • Husband or wife;

  • Unmarried children under 21 years of age.


A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years or older may also petition for:

  • Parents;

  • Brothers or sisters.

Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, which includes U.S. citizen’s spouse, unmarried children under 21 years of age, and parents, are not subject to waiting lists for immigration and do not have to wait for a visa to become current.


A permanent resident of the United States may file a petition for:

  • Husband or wife; and

  • Unmarried children


Relatives of a permanent resident must wait until the visa becomes current before they can proceed with the immigration process.


As a conditional permanent resident, you are granted a green card that is valid for two years. However, to maintain your permanent residency status, it is necessary to file a petition to remove the conditions. This action must be taken within the 90-day period before your green card expires. Failing to remove the conditions can result in the loss of your permanent resident status.


If you require assistance or have inquiries about removing the conditions on your permanent residence, we encourage you to contact our office. Our team of experienced immigration attorneys will provide you with comprehensive guidance throughout the process.

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