Becoming a U.S. Citizen through Naturalization

For many americans, becoming a United States citizen is effortless and automatic at birth. U.S. However for immigrants, becoming a U.S. citizen – and therefore obtaining the right to legally reside in the United States, travel to and from the country, gain thee right to vote, and to be protected under the Constitution – can be a long and difficult process.One way foreign nationals can gain full citizenship is through naturalization. Consulting with an immigration lawyer in Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus is the best way to reach your goals.

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Requirement for Naturalization

Before an individual applies for naturalization, they generally must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years older.
  • Be a permanent lawful resident(have a Green Card) for at least five years.
  • Be a person of good moral character.
  • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English.
  • Have basic knowledge of U.S. history and government.
  • Have maintained consistent residence in the U.S. for the past 5 years.


Steps to Naturalization

There are typically 10 steps in the naturalization process*. Herman Legal Group can help guide you through your journey to becoming a U.S. citizen, preparing and submitting proper forms and documentation.


  1. Determine if you are already a U.S.citizen.
  2. Determine your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
  3. Prepare Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  4. Submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
  5. Attend your biometrics appointment (fingerprinting and identity check).
  6. Complete the interview (includes Speaking, Reading, Writing, Civics tests).
  7. Receive decision from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  8. Receive your notice to take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  9. Take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.
  10. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a U.S.Citizen.

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Herman Legal group can help you walk through the naturalization process and review every aspect of your naturalization case. Our Cleveland immigration lawyers engage in detailed one-on-one conversations to get acquainted with the circumstances regarding your particular case and we have a long history of helping immigrants on the path to citizenship.

Contact Richard Herman today at 1 (800) 808-4013 for help with your naturalization application. We are conveniently located near U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices and Immigration Courts.