by Elizabeth R. Blandon

Becoming a U.S. citizen by applying for naturalization is a much faster process now than ever before. The law firm has seen legal permanent residents go from application through oath ceremony in less than six months.

In fact, the Citizenship and Immigration Service must decide whether to approve a case within 120 days. If it does not, the law firm can sue them and obtain results. This is true even if the attorney did not represent the legal permanent resident at the naturalization interview.

The reason Congress believes that citizenship should be decided quickly is because the benefits are great. They include the following:

U.S. citizens have the right to obtain a United States passport and receive assistance from U.S. Embassies and Consulates when traveling abroad.
U.S. citizens have the ability to sponsor family members so they can obtain green cards and legally immigrate to the United States.
Children of U.S. citizens are automatically U.S. citizens by birth.
U.S. citizens have security from removal or deportation from the United States.
U.S. citizens have the right to apply for certain federal and state benefits.
U.S. citizens have the right to live or take long trips outside of the US.
U.S. citizens have the right to vote and select their government.
U.S. citizens have the ability to apply for certain federal jobs, since citizenship is sometimes a requirement of employment positions.
U.S. citizens have an unquestioned right to return to the United States, since citizens cannot be denied entry.
U.S. citizens do not need to renew a Green Card upon expiration.

Citizenship may be a possibility even if there have been arrests in the past or if the foreigner has been outside the United States for a considerable period. For a personal analysis of your eligibility, contact the Weston law firm of Elizabeth R. Blandon, Esq., at 954-385-0157.

This article is not legal advice because special circumstances may apply to your specific situation. However, Ms. Blandon is an attorney, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, which is considered one of the best in the nation.