Citizenship & Naturalization

Have you lived in the United States as a legal permanent resident for at least five years? If so, you may be eligible for citizenship. The benefits of citizenship can be many, including the right to vote and to participate in the political process. Experienced legal counsel can help guide you through this process to ensure that the right steps are taken to protect your interests.

Kandilian Vitelli is an immigration law firm with offices in Boston and Watertown, Massachusetts. Our law firm specializes in immigration law, including all issues related to naturalization and citizenship. Our attorneys take the time to carefully listen to all of your concerns and identify all of your options, so you can relax with the confidence that your interests are being protected.

U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Requirements

If you were not born in the U.S., the only way to obtain citizenship is through naturalization. In addition to residing in the United States for at least five years (three years if you are married to a U.S. citizen), you must also show that:

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You have been physically present in the U.S. for at least three of the last five years
  • You did not take up permanent residence in any other country over the last five years

The law also requires that you be of good character, not have a criminal history or a record of suspicious behavior. You must also be able to read, write and speak English.

Working With You Every Step of the Way

We work with our clients at every stage of the citizenship and naturalization process to ensure that all of the necessary requirements are met. We help you prepare for or find the resources to successfully pass the U.S. history and government examination required of all persons seeking citizenship. Our firm will also assist you in your preparation for your interview with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Call for a Free Consultation With a Naturalization Attorney

We’ve helped people throughout Massachusetts qualify for U.S. citizenship. If you have questions, call us to schedule a free initial consultation. Our law offices are located in Boston and Watertown, Massachusetts with easy access and ample parking. Visa and MasterCard are accepted.