Living in the United States for a certain amount of time is the first step toward becoming a citizen of the United States. However, the quest for naturalization is not as easy as being in Maryland or another state for a set amount of time. There are other criteria that must be met and there are many factors or behaviors that can put naturalization at risk.
One activity that can lead to a denial of a naturalization application is if you have obtained a green card through illegal means. Also, if you leave the country for extensive periods of time, an application for naturalization can be put at risk or denied. Money issues can affect an application for naturalization, such as tax troubles or defaulting on student loans.
There are criteria to be met even when you avoid the pitfalls or behaviors that can affect the process. One thing you have to demonstrate is a certain amount of knowledge of the government and United States history. It is important to make note of the fact that the approval for naturalization is something that is at the discretion of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Our firm has more information about the documentation that is needed and how the process of naturalization works. Having a valid green card for five years is the first step, and we can help outline the remaining steps. Our website has more information about the naturalization process so Maryland families and individuals can know where they stand and what obstacles can affect their status or quest for being a U.S. citizen.