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Completing the US citizenship application

02nd September 2010
By Linda_Williams in Immigration Law
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A person is called a US citizen, when he/she is a legal member of the United States. Being a US Citizen , the individual is rewarded with all the rights and privileges that become a part of US Citizenship. The individual may obtain the Social Security and Medicare benefits on retirement. He /she also has the right to vote and choose a government. The US Citizen may obtain a US passport with which he may travel abroad to every country in the world. Also being a US Citizen provides the right to sponsor his/her family to enter US legally and help in obtaining Permanent Resident Card.

An individual may become a US Citizen either at birth or after birth.
If a person is born inside United States he/she is automatically called a US Citizen at birth.
If the person is born outside United States to US Citizen parents, then that person is also said to be as US Citizen at birth. But the individual must claim citizenship through parents.
If the person is born outside US (to non- US Citizen parent(s)) and who has immigrated to United States may obtain US citizenship after birth through a process called Naturalization.

Things to remember when applying for citizenship.

The immigration laws changed over the years, and they require all individuals who apply for citizenship meet all the requirements by the immigration law and submit the required evidence. The applicants must consider the following requirements before filing the US citizenship application.

Eligibility Requirements :

If a person who was born a U.S. citizen outside the United States or who fulfilled the requirements for becoming a U.S. citizen prior to their 18th birthday, may file the US Citizenship application at any time during his or her lifetime to claim citizenship through parents.

A person looking out to become a US citizen by his/her own rights, he/she may go through the naturalization process. To apply for naturalization, the individual must be at least 18 years of age and should have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and meet all other eligibility requirements. Another way of obtaining naturalization is through marriage. If the individual is married to a US Citizen and living with the same US Citizen for 3 years, then he/she may apply for naturalization.

Continuous Residence :

When applying for citizenship through naturalization it is a must for a person to maintain Continuous Residence. Continuous residence means that the person has not left the United States for a long period of time. If the person leaves the United States for too long, he/she may interrupt the continuous residence.

Supporting Evidence:

The supporting evidence plays a main role in the US Citizenship application process. If the required evidence is not provided, the application process will be delayed or the application might get rejected. It is the duty of the applicant to provide a copy of all the required evidence . The basic supporting documents would be a photocopy of the Permanent Resident Card, birth certificate, a copy of a document on name change (if any), marriage certificate (if applying based on marriage) and two identical, color, passport-style photographs. Later at interview they will be required to submit the originals for reference.

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