Applying for citizenship or naturalization is an important process for many people who want to reside in the United States and be recognized as U.S. citizens. If you or your loved one wants to begin the process, it is crucial to understand the difference between naturalization and citizenship.
The Law Office of Susan Hahn offers a variety of immigration services, including naturalization and citizenship. Ms. Han knows the importance of feeling that you are a fully contributing member of society in the U.S. after obtaining a Certificate of Naturalization or a Certificate of Citizenship. Ms. Han can help you or someone close to you if you want to start the process of becoming a citizen or being naturalized, and can also provide assistance with other immigration services.
The Difference Between Naturalization and Citizenship
The terms “citizenship” and “naturalization” are often used interchangeably. As a result, some people do not realize that these are two different processes and services. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explain the differences in a simple form, although complex issues exist. The Law Office of Susan Han has experience helping clients work through both of these important processes.
The Certificate of Citizenship is the official record that you or another applicant has acquired citizenship at the time of your birth or derived citizenship after birth. The Certificate of Naturalization, in contrast, is the official record that is acquired after you or another individual becomes a naturalized citizen.
There are specific requirements for eligibility to obtain each of these certificates, which is another difference between naturalization and citizenship.
The Naturalization Process
Naturalization applicants must show “continued residence.” Important facts about continued residence include:
- The applicant must demonstrate continuous residence in the United States for a period of no less than five years.
- The applicant must have resided in the U.S. for a period of at least three years in the case of a qualified legal spouse.
- An absence of six months but less than one year may disrupt the naturalization process.
- An absence from the U.S. for more than one year may disrupt the continued residence of the applicant.
- Exceptions exist, such as service in the U.S. military.
Contact the Law Office of Susan Han to obtain help or additional information regarding naturalization. Ms. Han has the experience to help you acquire your Certificate of Naturalization.
The Citizenship Process
Deciding to become a U.S. citizen is one of the most important steps to take as an immigrant who wishes to permanently reside in the U.S. Acquiring the Certificate of Citizenship is reserved for applicants that meet strict requirements. The acquisition of citizenship is obtained at birth, or after birth, but before the age of 18, when one or both parents are U.S. citizens. This includes children born outside of the U.S., but to parents who are citizens of the United States.
If you or a loved one was born in certain territories of the United States, you may become a citizen at birth. Ms. Han has the experience to determine your status as a U.S. citizen or to help you acquire a Certificate of Citizenship. Contact Ms. Han for more information about citizenship services or if you need help with immigration services.
Learn More about Naturalization and Citizenship at the Law Office of Susan Han Today
Contacting the Law Office of Susan Han can provide you with the information you need to understand the difference between naturalization and citizenship services. Ms. Han can help start the process that is right for your specific situation, whether that involves obtaining a green card or assisting with various other immigration services. Contact us online today or reach out to us directly at 410.599.3100.