There are generally four pathways to becoming a U.S. citizen:
Once you have been given lawful permanent status in the U.S. and want to become a citizen, you must maintain your permanent resident status and meet the eligibility requirements for the naturalization process. To achieve citizenship through naturalization, you must meet these requirements:
Several exceptions exist for the naturalization requirements mentioned above. These exceptions are for people under the special categories, which include:
Plenty of foreign nationals naturally wonder whether they’ll be able to maintain their original citizenship status, along with the benefits it provides if they become United States citizens. This is called dual citizenship.
However, being granted dual citizenship would be significantly dependent on U.S. immigration law and the foreign national’s home country immigration law. The problem with this is that U.S. immigration law does not explicitly state whether dual citizenship is a recognized immigration status. In addition, not all countries permit dual citizenship. This means that you will automatically lose your original citizenship when you become a U.S. citizen.
If you are considering dual citizenship, you must discuss your specific circumstances with a skilled Colorado immigration lawyer in the U.S. and an immigration lawyer in your home country to learn more about your case. In the event that your home country doesn’t allow dual citizenship, you must weigh the pros and cons of retaining your citizenship against the benefits you stand to gain when you become a U.S. citizen.
For more details on what our skilled Colorado citizenship attorneys can do for you, do not hesitate to get in touch with Joseph & Hall P.C. today. You can arrange an appointment with one of our Colorado citizenship attorneys by contacting us online.
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