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The naturalization process is not as simple as some may think

It is not unusual for individuals who do not understand the immigration process to claim that immigrants should simply obtain citizenship if they want to remain in the United States. However, there is nothing simple about the naturalization process. Individuals in Washington, D.C., and other parts of the country who want to become citizens often must wait years to reach this goal.

The ability to apply for citizenship is only obtainable after a person meets the eligibility requirements. Generally, these requirements include being at least 18 years old, being a permanent resident of the United States and having held a green card for at least five years. These stipulations mean that immigrants already have to wait years and take numerous steps before they can even begin the naturalization process.

This process is also not cheap. Typically, the fees associated with applying for citizenship include a $640 processing fee for the application and an $85 fee for mandatory fingerprinting. Coming up with the necessary funds may not be a simple task for many people, even if the fees are reduced for extenuating circumstances. Unfortunately, on top of the waiting and the fees, applications can also be denied for various reasons related to past conduct.

This immensely broad view of the naturalization process already shows that it is not as simple as some people may think it is. Still, that does not mean that individuals who hope to achieve citizenship need to be discouraged. Interested parties may want to obtain the legal assistance of immigration attorneys in Washington, D.C., who could explain the necessary steps involved with applying for citizenship and other aspects of this journey.

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