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What Is Naturalization in the U.S.?

Naturalization is defined as a process that allows foreign-born individuals, who are eligible to obtain citizenship in the United States, to apply for and be granted United States citizenship. Upon obtaining citizenship, these individuals are granted the right to vote, the right to hold government jobs, the right to travel with an American passport, which provides entry without a visa into many countries, and various other American rights.

Who Is Eligible for obtaining Naturalization in the U.S.?

There are many general eligibility requirements a person must fulfill before they submit an application for naturalization. The applicant must:

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • be a Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States for at least five years. The exception to this general rule is if the person has been married to a U.S. citizen for at least three years;
  • have resided continuously in the United States for at least five years;
  • have been physically present in the United States for at least 30 months of the five years;
  • have lived for at least three months in the district in which they filed for naturalization;
  • be a person of good moral character;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking words in the English language;
  • pass a test on U.S. history and government;
  • be disposed toward the good order of the United States and its government, fundamentals and principles, and swear loyalty by taking an oath of allegiance;

Some exceptions apply to these rules.

Does Citizenship or Naturalization in the U.S. expire?

United States citizenship does not expire.


American Citizenship documents do not have to be renewed at any time.

Family Benefits

Under certain circumstances, minor children of U.S. naturalization applicants may also be immediately eligible and included in a naturalization application. Another key benefit of naturalization is that the applicant, once granted U.S. citizenship, has the ability to petition for other immediate family members to receive citizenship as well, and through a faster process. Please contact a Malik & Associates, PLLC citizenship lawyer to learn more about family benefits in the U.S. naturalization process.

Eligibility Issues

Aside from any of the above requirements for eligibility, if you have a conviction that would be considered “deportable”, and you apply for naturalization, not only could your naturalization application can be denied, but you could also end up in deportation removal proceedings in Immigration Court. Cancellation of Removal may be applied for, which is a one-time pardon from deportation, if you qualify for it.

Why Work with a Citizenship Attorney/ Naturalization Attorney?

Working with an experienced U.S. citizenship lawyer/ Naturalization lawyer from Malik & Associates, PLLC can help ease the burden of preparing forms, gathering documentation and applying for naturalization or Citizenship.

It is very important that you contact a naturalization/citizenship lawyer at Malik and Associates for assistance with your United States naturalization/citizenship case if you think you may encounter difficulties in your process.

Texas Citizenship Lawyers / Texas Naturalization Lawyers Can Help

Want specific answers to your naturalization and citizenship related questions? If you need high quality citizenship legal services, give Malik & Associates PLLC a call at 214-881-2100 or fill out our form online to discuss your case. A citizenship attorney or counselor at law can help you determine whether you meet eligibility requirements for the naturalization process. You deserve the right to be represented and receive counsel by a competent team who is on your side and will fight for you and your family.

Malik & Associates, PLLC provides services and representation to its clients for US Immigrations needs in the entire United States (we travel for your hearings or interviews), throughout the whole world and including but not limited to the following areas in Texas.

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