The government grants citizenship to individuals through a process called naturalization.
As a citizen, an individual pledges their allegiance to the United States, and in return, earns the right to vote, to work without special authorization, to live without the threat of removal as well as be eligible for certain government support benefits. Naturalization often represents the final step for green card holders and others who immigrate to the United States.
Pathway to Citizenship
The pathway to citizenship is diverse and involves a multi-step process. One of the most common ways to become a citizen starts when an individual already holds a green card. Green card holders become eligible to apply for citizenship after a certain number of years and when they are prepared to take the naturalization exams. The naturalization exams are given at one of the government’s offices and test a candidate’s knowledge of American history as well as the ability to speak, write, and read in English. If a candidate suffers from certain physical or developmental disabilities, it may be possible to obtain an exception to the requirement to learn the English language.
One of the final and most meaningful steps in the process is the naturalization ceremony where citizenship is formally granted. The most poignant aspect of the ceremony is when a candidate recites the Oath of Allegiance. The Oath of Allegiance embodies our nation’s principles such as supporting and defending the Constitution and laws of the United States as well as being available to perform important duties when called upon.
If you believe you may qualify for U.S. citizenship, our experienced legal team can guide you through the application process. We help people in Roanoke and the surrounding region. Call today at (540) 358-5593 to reserve a free consultation.