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What's required to apply for U.S. Citizenship?

Becoming a U.S. citizen is the dream of millions of people around the world. After all, the United States offers a host of opportunities for a better life. Unfortunately, the glut of aspiring citizens makes applying for citizenship a long and arduous process, and there is no guarantee that the application will be successful.

Potential disadvantages of dual citizenship

Immigrants in Georgia who wish to become naturalized citizens of the United States may want to find out whether their home country allows them to be dual citizens and whether having that status is advantageous. One issue they may wish to consider is income taxes. The United States taxes its citizens on their worldwide income, so there is often a possibility of double taxation. Those who are considering dual citizenship should find out whether their home country has an income tax treaty with the United States that would mitigate this problem.

Grounds for denaturalization

Immigrants who go through the process of naturalization to become U.S. citizens could lose their citizenship through denaturalization. Without citizenship, the immigrants may be removed from the country. Immigrants living in Georgia might want to be aware of the grounds for which their citizenship could be revoked.

Misleading and fraudulent immigration schemes

Georgia residents are likely aware that to live and work legally in the United States is an aspiration shared by countless people around the world. The road to becoming a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. is often a long and frustrating one, and it is not uncommon for those taking this path to become the victims of schemes that promise a great deal but deliver very little. The USCIS advises those with immigration issues to deal only with attorneys or recognized organizations, but this has not stopped a number of unhelpful or fraudulent schemes from cropping up.

Naturalization eligibility

Georgia residents may wonder what requirements they need to meet in order to become naturalized U.S. citizens. The answer differs depending on whether the person is a U.S. national, a member of the armed forces currently serving or recently honorably separated from service, a military member who served during an active period of hostility, a lawful permanent resident who married a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident who immigrated in a manner other than marriage.

An overview of naturalization after military service

An individual who has served honorably in a branch of the United States military might be eligible to become a citizen based on that service. The U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marine Corps are among the branches considered. Additionally, some who have served in the National Guard or in the Ready Reserve may be eligible for naturalization.

Georgia residents applying for dual citizenship

Some Georgia residents may currently be in the process of applying to become a United States citizen. Aside from individuals born in American Samoa or Swains Island to non-U.S. citizen parents, any individual who wishes to become a U.S. national must also be a U.S. citizen. According to the definition provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act, nationals of the U.S. are those who owe permanent allegiance to the country. Even if individuals maintain dual nationality, they still are governed by the laws of the U.S.

How can a spouse of a U.S. citizen become naturalized?

Spouses of United States citizens living in Georgia or any other state may also apply to become citizens themselves. Individuals must also have resided in the jurisdiction for three months prior to filing the application for naturalization. Spouses of United States citizens working overseas who have been overseas for at least one year may be eligible for naturalization.

Citizenship denials and long delays for Muslims, alleges lawsuit

Georgia readers who are interested in immigration issues may be concerned about a recent lawsuit filed against the federal government. According the lawsuit, a 2008 program targeting applicants who may be a national security concern has resulted in lengthy delays and denials for Muslims seeking green cards and citizenship. The lawsuit was filed on July 31 by the American Civil Liberties Union and alleges that the program, known as the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program, uses criteria that are too broad, causing lengthy delays for applications filed by Somali, Iranian and Palestinian citizens.

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