It’s Election Year — Apply now to become a U.S. citizen in time to vote!

I was recently asked why some lawful permanent residents do not apply for their U.S. citizenship (through a process called naturalization).

The presidential election is November 2016.  Primaries in California are in June 2016.

Will you be voting this year for a new U.S. president?

If you have been putting off becoming a U.S. citizen, though you have been living in the U.S. with a green card for a while, what is stopping you? Here are some of the reasons I’ve learned from my clients over the years:

  • Some, such as Japanese nationals, must affirmatively give up citizenship of their motherland, if they take up citizenship any where else.
  • Some think they won’t pass the American history test at the interview, and/or the English proficiency test.
  • Some have issues with lengthy trips outside the U.S. and want to wait until he/she can show 5 years of continuous presence in the US.
  • Some have a criminal history, and they fear this record will affect their good moral character, a requirement to become a naturalized citizen.
  • Some are close to age 55 or 60, and they may be able to take the exam in their language (must also meet length of LPR).

There are benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen, one of which is the right to vote.  Other benefits include living anywhere in the world, for any length of time, and not lose your right to return and live in the US, and the right to not be deported.

Resources on becoming a naturalized citizen can be found on the www.uscis.gov website, including these:

And, we have discussed citizenship and naturalization in a prior blog post.

Are you ready to become a naturalized U.S. citizen?  The Law Office of Alison Yew is here to help.  Contact our office today to discuss your eligibility.