Naturalization and Citizenship
The economic and social vitality of the United States is based in great part on the contributions of skilled and hardworking immigrants. Yet U.S. citizenship and all of the benefits conferred by that citizenship is becoming increasingly difficult to attain. At Watson Law Offices we assist individuals in the Boston area and nationwide with issues related to naturalization and citizenship. The basic requirements for naturalization are:
- Application for naturalization requires that the applicant has held a green card for five years or, if legal permanent resident status was obtained through marriage to a U.S. citizen, three years. The applicant must have physically resided in the United States for half of that time.
- A person applying for citizenship must have the ability to read, write, and speak English; a knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and government; good moral character; uphold the principles of the U.S. Constitution; and demonstrate a favorable disposition toward the United States.
Attorney Roy Jack Watson, Jr., takes a problem-solving approach to the practice of immigration law. He is often able to help clients overcome hurdles in the naturalization process, including those involving “good moral character,” residence, and continuous presence. Exceptions to the citizenship requirements for English language exist for those with permanent disabilities, those who are over fifty years old and have lived in the United States for twenty years as permanent resident aliens, and those over fifty-five years old who have lived in the U.S. as permanent legal residents for fifteen years.
For more information, or to schedule a consultation with experienced immigration lawyer Roy Jack Watson, Jr., please contact our Bedford office.