George Terezakis Presents Seminar, at Freeport Library, on:
Naturalization: How Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens
Earlier this week, a friend and I presented a program at the Freeport Library, on the process by which lawful permanent residents, or “green card” holders, apply to become U.S. citizens. This program is part of the Nassau County Bar Association’s community outreach program, known as “Legal Tuesdays”, held at that library.
In general, a lawful permanent resident, married to a U.S. citizen, is eligible to apply to naturalize three (3) years after becoming a resident, otherwise, after five (5) years. A member of the U.S. military may apply after one (1) year as a lawful resident. There are other requirements: proof you have been paying your taxes; that you have been residing in the U.S. for more than half of the time required to naturalize; that you have no disqualifying criminal convictions; and that you are a person of good moral character. You must also pass a simple test to demonstrate your familiarity with U.S. history and civics, and that you can speak and write in English.
If you or someone you know may be eligible to apply to naturalize, contact our firm; we are happy to answer any questions you might have, and we can help you with the process.