The road to U.S. citizenship is long but rewarding. Permanent residence in the United States provides many benefits but also has significant limitations. At Sussman Law Firm, PLLC, a Charlotte Citizenship lawyer can help you determine whether citizenship is the best option for you and walk you through the complex process from start to finish. Our dedicated immigration attorneys are here to help you navigate your case process. En Español
How to Become a Citizen.
There are generally three main ways to become a citizen:
- Naturalization: You may be eligible to naturalize as a U.S. citizen. To do this, you must be a Lawful Permanent Resident for at least five years to apply for naturalization, but there are certain exceptions that may make you eligible sooner than five years.
- Transmission: If you were not born in the U.S. and if one or both of your parents were U.S. citizens at the time of your birth, you may already be a citizen. The rules governing the transmission change occasionally and depend on the rules that were in effect at the time of your birth.
- Acquisition: If you and your parents were not born in the U.S., you may still become a citizen through acquisition if you became a Lawful Permanent Resident before your eighteenth birthday and your parents are naturalized U.S. citizens.