US Immigration and Naturalization
Among the most rewarding experiences for a
US immigration and naturalization lawyer is
a client win American citizenship. But the
road toward citizenship can sometimes be
difficult; it takes an experienced and
skilled law firm to handle the more
What is Naturalization?
If you are over 18 years old and want to
become a U.S. citizen, you will probably
have to go
through the naturalization process. You must
fulfill one of the following circumstances
• You have U.S. permanent residency (a.k.a. “Green Card”)
& have lived
in the United
States for five years.
• You have asylum and have lived in the United States for four years.
• You are the spouse of a U.S. citizen and have lived in the country at
least three years.
• You are permanent resident, have served in the United States military,
and have been in
the country for
If you qualify, you must prove that you have
sufficient knowledge of U.S. history and
government and can speak, read and write in
English. Our immigration and naturalization
defense lawyers can guide you through this
Are There Other Routes to
There are a few ways to become a U.S.
citizen without going through
naturalization, but most
apply only to children. For example, some
children born overseas can gain citizenship
their parents are U.S. citizens, aka
“Derivative Citizenship.” However, there is
formula determining whether such children
can gain citizenship.
What Qualifies a Person for
Adoption by a US citizen may the best-known
way to gain derivative citizenship. Some
children can also gain derivative
citizenship by having parents who are US
when a foreign national is an adult, it is
possible to trace his or her parents’
become a citizen. The whole process depends
on a series of complex formulas that take
account when the child was born, when the
parents were naturalized, etc.
Derivative citizenship, by adoption or
otherwise, can be very complicated. Attorney
Reid has over eleven years of direct
experience handling these immigration issues;
she has the knowledge and
experience to help you through the process.
Contact her at (413)
737.1200 any time and she will get back to
quickly. Attorney Reid strives to turn around most cases
in 24 hours.