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Acquire Citizenship with Help from Our Seattle Immigration Lawyers

Legal Permanent Residents may elect to become U.S. Citizens and naturalize.

We Guide You Through Naturalization

U.S. legal permanent residents may elect to become U.S. citizens and naturalize. This process allows eligible Green Card holders to apply for naturalization and undergo testing and an interview before swearing-in as a U.S. citizen. Becoming a United States citizen is an exciting event, but the naturalization process can be very complicated. This is why it is a good idea to work with an immigration lawyer who can help you file the application correctly, saving you time, money, and frustration. Millar & Hayes has helped many people to reach their goal of U.S. citizenship.

The Requirements for Naturalization

Before you apply for U.S. naturalization, you must have lawful permanent resident status: a Green Card. You may apply for naturalization five years after you receive your green card — the wait is only three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen. You must also maintain a continuous physical presence in the U.S. If you spend more than 180 days per year out of the country, you may not qualify. You should contact an immigration attorney before filing to ensure that you meet all of the requirements for naturalization. We may also be able to assist foreign-born children of U.S. citizens in acquiring U.S. citizenship.


If you are serious about getting legal assistance a consultation is the best place to start. Spend up to a full hour with an immigration attorney to discuss the details of your case, get answers to your questions, work through complex issues and supporting documents and plan an immigration strategy for obtaining benefits.

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Determining Eligibility

There are many criteria you must meet in order to qualify for naturalization. Factors that can delay or disqualify you from citizenship include:

  • Lack good moral character
  • Criminal charges or convictions
  • Failure to pay taxes
  • Failure to pay child support or alimony
  • Claims to being a U.S. citizen
  • Affiliations with terrorist organizations, smugglers, prostitution, or gambling
  • It is important to ensure that you qualify before proceeding with a naturalization case. In certain situations, such as where more than two crimes have been committed, the applicant might put themselves in jeopardy of removal (deportation). Another requirement that must be met is registration for selective service. Men with lawful permanent resident status between the ages of 18 to 26 are required to register for selective service. If they do not, their application for naturalization may be delayed.

    Another Option: Derivative Citizenship

    Some people who were not born in the U.S. may acquire derivative citizenship. These opportunities are based upon a qualifying relationship with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To learn more about derivative citizenship, click here.

    Millar & Hayes provides full-service representation for filing, test and interview preparation, and defending against actions and requests for evidence from the government. Our immigration attorneys guide the case through the processing to ensure it is handled properly. Due to the federal nature of immigration law, we serve clients in all U.S. states and throughout the world. we help many immigrants through the naturalization process. Instead of worrying that you might make a mistake on your application, call us. We understand what you need to file for naturalization and we can help make sure you qualify.

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