June 13, 2016 – Each year, an increasing number of immigrants apply for citizenship in the United States. In Massachusetts, nearly 8,000 individuals applied for citizenship from January 1st to March 31st, 2016. This marks a 30% increase from the number of applicants during the previous quarter. This is mirrored by a 34% increase nationwide during the same time period.
The process of applying for citizenship can be daunting, and is easily complicated by additional factors or language barriers. Therefore, it can be very helpful to hire an attorney to guide you through the process. The Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service intake staff can refer you to a lawyer that specializes in these matters, as well as in other areas of immigration law. We also have attorneys that speak a variety of languages. Please call us today at 617-742-0625 or fill out an online request form.
To apply for citizenship, you must be 18 or over, and a legal permanent resident of the United States for at least five years if you are single, or three years if you are married to an American citizen. Additionally, residents applying for citizenship must pay fees and pass a test on United States government, history, and language.