As many families in Georgia know, moving can be exhausting. There is a lot to plan and countless important matters to consider and it is all too easy to forget something vital. This is even more the case when you are moving between countries, because on top of all the normal concerns, you also need to take immigration laws into account. In the United States, many new residents hold a green card. However, this is not always ideal as it still comes with the risk of deportation if something goes wrong.
Fortunately, after you have been a legal resident of the United States for five years, you can apply for citizenship through a process called naturalization. You will need to swear allegiance to the country, and agree to support the laws and Constitution of the United States. You will also need to meet a number of standards, regarding your English literacy, character and presence in the country.
As this article on immigration law explains, there are many benefits to having citizen status. These include the right to vote, the ability to hold a U.S. passport and the ability to be elected into a public office. As a U.S. citizen, you can also sponsor the petition of a family member seeking to enter the country. If you have been naturalized, this can speed up the process and allow you to reunite with your family member sooner.
If you have any questions about naturalization or you have any other concerns regarding your immigration status, an attorney may be able to provide the answers you seek. He or she may also be able to advise you about your options and assist you through the process of acquiring your citizenship.