Citizenship & Naturalization

What is naturalization?

Naturalization is the process by which a foreign citizen or national becomes a citizen of the United States. U.S. citizenship can be obtained either by birth, derivation, or naturalization. Citizenship confers numerous important benefits, including the right to vote and petition for permanent resident status for certain family members.

To be eligible to naturalize, the following requirements generally must be met:

  • You must be a legal permanent resident for at least 5 years (3 years if married to a U.S. citizen).
  • You must meet the physical presence, continuity of residence, and good moral character standards.
  • You must have a basic knowledge of U.S. government and history and a general understanding of the English language (some applicants may be exempt from this).
  • You must express allegiance to the U.S. government.
  • You must meet certain age requirements.

how we can help 

Applying for citizenship can be complex based on the facts or your history. For example, cases involving entry without inspection or criminal convictions can be challenging, but the attorneys at Kayi & Wilkes are experienced with navigating these issues. We will help you determine your eligibility for citizenship through naturalization, and, if you plan to naturalize in the future, we will advise you about which issues to avoid that could negatively impact your application.

Our attorneys will help prepare applications for filing, request and review the evidence required to support your case, and prepare you for your interview.


Let our attorneys help secure your safety, your family, and your future. Contact us for a consultation.