A citizen of the United States is a native-born, foreign-born, or naturalized person who owes allegiance to the United States and who is entitled to its protection. As a U.S. citizen, you get unique rights and privileges which include the right to vote, having a U.S. passport, the U.S. government's protection when abroad and the right to petition for permanent residency (green cards) for your children and close relatives. The United States recognizes U.S. citizenship of individuals by birth, by blood, or by naturalization.

U.S. Citizenship by Birth
The United States guarantees citizenship at birth to almost all individuals born in the U.S. or in U.S. jurisdictions. (Certain individuals born in the United States, such as children of foreign heads of state or children of foreign diplomats, do not obtain U.S. citizenship).

U.S. Citizenship of Foreign-Born
The United States recognizes citizenship of certain individuals born outside the U.S. to parents who are U.S. citizens. This is based on the principle that holds that the country of citizenship of a child is the same as that of his or her parents.

Naturalization is the process by which U.S. citizenship is conferred upon a foreign citizen or national.

  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of filing the application

  • A period of continuous residence and physical presence in the United States

  • An ability to read, write and speak English

  • A knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government

  • Good moral character

  • Attachment to the principles of the U.S. Constitution

  • Favorable disposition toward the United States
  • All naturalization applicants must demonstrate good moral character, attachment, and favorable disposition. The other naturalization requirements may be modified or waived for certain applicants.

    There are multiduinous immigration laws, federal statutes and regulations involved in applications for citizenship or naturalization. The legal process is complex and could result in the denial of a your application if the application is not properly prepared. If the application is put together correctly and professionally by a qualified immigration attorney, the probability of achieving a successful result is greatly increased.

    The Bócsi Law Firm can precisely and professionally prepare all of the necessary applications for you, providing you with security that the entire process goes smoothly, and relieving you of the stress and worry that often accompanies immigration legal procedures.

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