Naturalization is the process of becoming a Citizen of the United States. After one is a Citizen, he or she has the same rights as anyone else in the country—even if their families have been here for generations.

There are many important benefits to United States Citizenship. First, of course, you can vote in local, state and national elections. Second, you can travel on a United States Passport. Third, you are eligible for any government benefit. Fourth, you can petition for other family members so that they can also immigrate to the United States. Finally, you are eligible for Social Security payments and benefits.

It is very important to never tell anyone that you are a United States Citizen if you are not one. Just by claiming to be a United States Citizen, you will lose any chance to gain any benefit under the immigration laws.

To apply for citizenship, you must have been a Lawful Permanent Resident for five years. If you are married to a United States citizen, you may apply in three years, even if you did not gain your Green Card through that United States Citizen spouse. There is an English language requirement, as well as a civics quiz that is given during every Naturalization interview.

Always disclose any arrests to your immigration attorney. This is very important!!