The Statute of Law provides that in order to file an application for Naturalization/to obtain US Citizenship, an applicant must:
Citizenship processing times vary widely depending on the location where the Applicant lives. Delays in the issuance of Biometric/Fingerprint Appointment Notices are not uncommon. It is generally a good idea, however, to check the status of the case by calling the National Customer Service Center toll-free number at (800) 375-5283 or by scheduling an Infopass appointment to visit your local immigration office.
A Permanent Resident or Green Card Holder may apply for US Citizenship after maintaining Lawful Permanent Resident Status for 3 years if she/he is currently married to and living with their US Citizen Spouse who initially petitioned them. Most other Lawful Permanent Residents are required to hold Permanent Resident Status for 5 years in order to file for US Citizenship.
Address changes for Lawful Permanent Residents with pending Naturalization applications are made through the National Customer Service Center toll-free number at (800) 375-5283. It is also necessary to file Form AR-11, Change of Address. Form AR-11 can be processed online at USCIS.gov or by downloading the Form and mailing directly to USCIS.
If a child is born as a US Citizen he/she will remain a US Citizen even if he/she obtains a Foreign Passport. If the Foreign Government also considers him or her to be a citizen of that country, then it is necessary for her/him to choose nationality upon reaching the age of 18. If that US Citizen Child turns 21 and is still unmarried, he/she will be eligible to Petition USCIS to obtain Permanent Resident Green Cards for the parents, as well. Only an affirmative act, such as renouncing the US Citizenship, would cause the child's status as a US Citizen to end. Such an affirmative act of renouncement would be if he/she, upon becoming an adult, went to the US Embassy and declared a desire to relinquish their US Citizenship.
A minor, Lawful Permanent Resident child, who resides with his/her parent, becomes a US Citizen upon the Naturalization of one parent. In order for a person to apply for US Citizenship in his/her own right, based on holding Permanent Resident Status for 5 years, he or she has to be at least 18 years old.
In order to know what options are available to you and to obtain specific advice based upon the facts of your case, you can contact our Immigration Attorney for a free consultation.
If a Lawful Permanent Resident has been honorably serving, or has honorably served, in the US Military for at least one year, he/she may be eligible to apply for US Citizenship. Also, if one has fought for the United States during a period of active hostilities, he/she may be able to file for US Citizenship directly, without ever having been a Lawful Permanent Resident of the US. It is advisable to discuss these matters with an immigration attorney, if you have any additional questions after reading this article, contact our office for a free consultation.
If one becomes a Citizen of another country, then the United States may consider that person to no longer be a US Citizen. Incidentally, the same is not necessarily true the other way around. If a Citizen of another country becomes a US Citizen, the individual's home country may still consider him/her to be a Citizen, depending upon the laws of that country.
There are situations in which the US may recognize Dual-Citizenship. For example, a person may have acquired US Citizenship through a parent and still be a Citizen of another country. Instances of Dual-Citizenship generally pertain to Citizenship-by-birth; not when the US Citizen naturalizes in another country.
Under current US Immigration Law there is no restriction on where a US Citizen may live. Living in another country is not a ground for loss of US Citizenship.
When filing for US Citizenship, Form N-400, Application for Naturalization specifically asks whether one wishes to change his/her name and allows for concurrent approval of the name change once the application if processed. There is no additional fee for this.