Common Challenges During the Naturalization Process
Naturalization is not an easy process. It takes time, planning, and ensuring that your paperwork is complete and correct. However, not all challenges involve documentation.
Common problems when attempting to obtain citizenship:
- Finding out you are already a U.S. citizen.
- Filing too early. Make sure you have been a permanent resident for 5 years (or 3 years of you are married to and living with a U.S. citizen). If your application is too early, it will be denied.
- Deportability. If you have been arrested, you may be eligible for naturalization and also eligible for deportation. Be sure to reach out to a naturalization attorney to confirm what your options are.
- Issues with good moral character. You must be able to demonstrate this for 3 - 5 years (depending on your situation).
- Abandonment of residency. If you have an application for citizenship and you are still traveling outside the U.S. be aware of how long you stay out of the country. If you have been absent for 6 months, this may be considered abandonment and you will be unable to apply.
How Long Does it Take to Become a U.S. Citizen?
Processing times may be different depending on your situation, however, on average, it takes about 12 to 18 months to become a U.S. citizen through the naturalization process. How well you have prepared your N-400 and where you live may affect the length of time it takes to process it.
Things that may affect your processing time:
- Backlog of cases at your USCIS office
- How you prepared your N-400, Application for Naturalization. Filling it out completely and providing the correct supporting documents can help you avoid mistakes that will cause delays.
Other steps to consider:
- Biometric Appointment: scheduled 2 to 3 months after Form N-400 is filed
- Citizenship Interview and Test: about 7 to 11 months after filing
- Oath Ceremony: taken after passing the interview and test -- about 8 to 12 months after filing
Call a Naturalization Lawyer in Orlando (407) 512-9919
If you are seeking citizenship in the United States, contact Lim Law, P.C. online or via phone today! We have helped thousands of clients throughout Florida with their complex immigration matters and we are backed by many years of experience. If you or a loved one wish to apply for citizenship via naturalization, we are ready to guide you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to reach out to our immigration law firm. Your initial consultation is free of charge and we are more than happy to answer any of your questions!
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