The naturalization process involves U.S. citizenship being granted to a foreign citizen or national after he or she fulfills the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In order to apply for naturalization, an immigrant must file a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and satisfy other requirements. Do you need help obtaining a Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate in Harris County? Contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC as soon as possible.
A person can file a Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, to obtain a Certificate of Citizenship if he or she was born abroad and is claiming U.S. citizenship at birth through his or her parents. The law in effect at the time of birth determines whether someone born outside the United States to a U.S. citizen parent is a U.S. citizen at birth, and the laws generally require that at least one parent was a U.S. citizen and had lived in the United States for a period of time.
Children born outside the United States but now living in the United States can acquire citizenship under INA § 320 when all of the following conditions have been met:
Children residing outside of the United States can obtain citizenship under INA § 322 when all of the following conditions have been met:
In order to obtain a Naturalization Certificate, an individual will have to file a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. Applicants also need to satisfy the following requirements:
After a person completes a Form N-600, Application for Certificate of Citizenship, USCIS will notify the applicant of acceptance of the application. Some applicants for Certificates of Citizenship may be required to appear for in-person interviews.
If USCIS approves the Form N-600, the agency will issue a Certificate of Citizenship. If USCIS denies the Form N-600, the applicant can file an appeal on Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion, within 30 days of the date of the USCIS decision.
After the time for appeal has expired, a person cannot file another Form N-600. Instead, he or she must file a motion to reopen or reconsider, also on Form I-290B.
With a Naturalization Certificate, an applicant who has submitted a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, will have to go to a biometrics appointment for fingerprinting. Naturalization applicants will have to complete citizenship interviews with USCIS officers.
In addition to the USCIS Officer asking questions about an applicant’s Form N-400 and background during the naturalization interview, an applicant will also need to take an English and civics test unless he or she qualifies for an exemption or waiver. An applicant can submit a Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions if he or she is unable to comply with requirements because of a physical or developmental disability or a mental impairment.
An applicant is also exempt from the English language requirement (but is still required to take the civics test) if he or she is:
The English test has three components (reading, writing, and speaking), while the civics test covers U.S. history and government topics. The speaking test involves an applicant’s ability to speak English as determined by a USCIS Officer during the eligibility interview on Form N-400.
The other tests include:
Raleigh USCIS Office — The USCIS Application Support Center in Houston provides services to the general public by appointment. Use this website to check your case status and check processing times. You can also change you address and submit case inquiries.
USCIS Application Support Center
301 Roycroft Dr, Durham, NC 27703
Citizenship & Naturalization – Volume 12 | Policy Manual | USCIS — The USCIS Policy Manual is the agency’s centralized online repository for USCIS’ immigration policies. Learn more about citizenship and naturalization policies and procedures, naturalization examination, and accommodations. You can also find information about general naturalization requirements, English and civics testing and exceptions, and good moral character.
If you are hoping to obtain a Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship in North Carolina and Florida, it is in your best interest to make sure that you retain legal counsel. The Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC helps individuals in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida including Raleigh, Smithfield, Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Greensboro and numerous others.
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