Fong Ilagan, LLP

Citizenship and Naturalization

What is Naturalization

Naturalization is the legal process through which a foreign-born individual becomes a citizen of a country. In the context of the United States, naturalization leads to the acquisition of U.S. citizenship. Our legal team at Fong Ilagan provides full representation during the citizenship process for you and your family. Each of our immigration lawyers offers professional and legal aid you won’t find anywhere else. Working with our naturalization lawyers can help you through the lengthy and intricate process of becoming a citizen by:

  • Determining your eligibility
  • Explaining all of your available options
  • Assisting with the Application for Naturalization
  • Providing expert legal advice on which forms and documents to include with your application
  • Communicating with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) about your immigration case

F.A.Q.

Though many immigrants enjoy life in the United States as lawful permanent residents, LPRs do not have all the same rights and abilities as citizens. American citizenship offers additional benefits including the:

  • Right to vote
  • Right to run for office
  • Right to have a U.S. passport
  • Ability to travel without losing your residency status
  • Ability to sponsor relatives for a green card
  • Right to receive government benefits

Becoming a citizen in the United States can be an incredibly long and complex process, often taking many years to fully complete. The requirements have become increasingly stringent over the years. Nevertheless, it is still entirely possible to become a citizen in the U.S. 

To acquire U.S. citizenship, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have continuous physical presence in the U.S.
  • Be a lawful permanent resident for three or five years, depending on the category you fall under
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a good moral character
  • Be willing to take the Oath of Allegiance
  • Have the ability to read, write, and speak English 
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government
  • Willingness to defend the Constitution 

If you aren’t sure whether you meet the above criteria, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our knowledgeable naturalization lawyers in Houston.

The documentation needed for naturalization may include all of the following:

  • Proof Of Current Marital Status 
  • Proof of Identity 
  • Fee-Reduction Application (optional)
  • Fee Waiver Application (optional)
  • Request For Representation at Naturalization Interview (optional)
  • Proof Of Green Card Holder (Permanent Resident Status)
  • Proof of military service (optional)
  • Proof of medical disability (optional)

At the time of your naturalization interview, these additional documents will need to be submitted to the USCIS: 

  • Proof of Green Card holder
  • State ID
  • Travel records
  • Proof of marital status
  • Proof of an authentic marriage for the past three years before filing your N-400
  • Proof of spouse’s U.S citizenship for the past 3 years before filing your N-400
  • Proof of termination of your spouse’s previous marriage
  • Proof of official name changes
  • Proof of previous encounters with law enforcement 
  • Proof of Selective Service RegistrationProof that you have maintained permanent residence in the United States
  • Proof of IRS tax payments or overdue tax obligations
  • Proof of fulfilled financial support obligations
  • Proof of parental rights over your child(ren)