“I received a letter just before I left office from a man. I don’t know why he chose to write it, but I’m glad he did. He wrote that you can go to live in France, but you can’t become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Italy, but you can’t become a German, an Italian. He went through Turkey, Greece, Japan and other countries. But he said anyone, from any corner of the world, can come to live in the United States and become an American.”
— Ronald Reagan

Naturalization & U.S. Citizenship

U.S. citizenship is perhaps the greatest benefit any immigrant can receive. It is often the pinnacle of a long journey over many years and many miles. Green card-holders can usually naturalize to become U.S. citizens after being a legal permanent resident for five (5) years. The waiting period is lowered to three (3) years for green card holding-spouses of U.S. citizens. The naturalization process requires that the person take a citizenship test and an oath.

Over 2.3 million permanent residents have naturalized as U.S. citizens in the past three years. However, during the same period, over 224,000 permanent residents had their Form N-400 denied. There are many reasons for this — five common reasons for a continuation or denial of a Form N-400 application.

It’s important to understand that by filing N-400, the applicant is inviting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to thoroughly review the immigrant’s entire case file one more time. There can be risks associated with this. USCIS may uncover something it didn’t find before. Therefore, it’s worthwhile to understand where other applicants have run into trouble. If you believe one of the following scenarios may affect you, speak to an immigration attorney before filing Form N-400. We can help with the following legal immigration services:

  • N-400 Application for Naturalization

  • N-600 Certificate of Citizenship

  • N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings ( Appeals of denial of N-400)

  • Obtaining a US Passport

  • Interview preparation

We welcome the opportunity to discuss you or your family’s immigration matter with you. Please contact our office at 530-265-0186 to schedule a confidential no charge consultation or email us with any questions you may have.