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Naturalization process can be lengthy, expensive

It seems that in the last few years, the immigration debate has ramped up considerably. Many people in Washington, D.C. and across the country make the erroneous assumption that those who have not completed the naturalization process failed to do so because of some sort of failure or oversight on their part. However, the path to becoming a naturalized citizen is often lengthy and expensive, making it especially difficult for those who are seeking a new start to complete it.

For many people, the path to citizenship may be sufficiently lengthy and complicated as to deter a person from completing it. In some cases, the process can take up to 10 years to complete. In addition to the lengthy, an applicant may be forced to pay thousands of dollars as a result of application fee. The person must be hold a permanent resident card for five years (or three if he or she is the spouse of a U.S. citizen).

Additionally, a person's country of origin could further complicate matters. For example, some professionals claim that the waiting period for someone who wants to petition a sibling from Mexico is 20 years. The applicant must also complete a U.S Naturalization Test and a personal interview. To be successful, an applicant must also demonstrate the ability to speak, read and write basic English and that he or she has a "good moral character."

Many people coming into the United States from other countries simply want a chance for a new life. Unfortunately, the rules and regulations regarding migration and naturalization can be prohibitive. Because of this, professionals in Washington, D.C. and across the country are committed to helping those who want better opportunities as a U.S. citizen achieve them.

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