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Becoming a U.S. Citizen from Ohio

The American dream is alive for many immigrants. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people immigrate to the United States in order to receive better humanitarian treatment, build a better future for themselves and their families, and prosper in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Obtaining citizenship can be a long and difficult process, but there are many ways that one can become a U.S. citizen. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding obtaining naturalization or any requirements to become a United States citizen, then it is important that you contact a Cleveland naturalization lawyer from Brown Immigration Law as soon as possible. 

The following list explains some of the requirements for and aspects of the naturalization process:


Continuous residence, such as 20 years of legally residing within the United States, can count toward your naturalization process and may even grant you waivers and modifications during English and civics tests.

Physical Presence

If you have resided continuously within the United States for at least five years prior to your application for residency, then you may be able to apply for naturalization. If you have a spouse or children, then they need to have resided in the United States for at least three continuous years.

Good Moral Character

In order to be considered for naturalization, you must be a person of good moral character. This means that you have not had a brush with the law, that you are free of scams, and that you are not awaiting deportation or removal.

English Language

In order to become a legal citizen of the U.S., you must have a basic understanding of the English language and you may have to take a test that shows that you are proficient in English. Requirements are modified for people over age 50 who have been legal residents in the U.S. for at least 20 years. 

Anyone over age 65 who has been a legal resident in the U.S. can complete an interview and civics in their native language. Some waivers may be available to those that qualify as well - an lawyer can assist you in determining eligibility for these requirements.

Government and History

A basic civics test will be administered to those looking to obtain naturalization in the United States. There are similar waivers and modifications that may be allowed for qualifying individuals. 

These waivers, exemptions, and modifications pertain to continuous residency and various disability and medical circumstances.

Employed Abroad for U.S. Company

Were you employed by a U.S. company in your homeland or overseas? If so, then you can count the time employed in that position toward your continuous residency requirement when applying for citizenship. Qualifying employment can be determined on the Application to Preserve Residency for Naturalization, Form N-470.


Foreign nationals who serve in the United States Armed Forces may be eligible for citizenship under Section 328 and 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. 

This includes family members of those who served. To determine eligibility, it is important to speak with an attorney.


Denaturalization of citizenship is a process that revokes an individual’s previously granted U.S. citizenship status. Naturalized citizens may be denaturalized for several reasons, such as obtaining naturalization fraudulently or failing to meet certain requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Denaturalization proceedings are brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the U.S. District Court, and the government must first prove to a court that denaturalization is warranted.

The DOJ may initiate denaturalization proceedings if an individual is naturalized through fraud or willful misrepresentation of material facts. Additionally, individuals who have violated certain sections of the INA, such as those involving treason or terrorist activities, may be subject to denaturalization proceedings. Denaturalization may also occur if the court finds that an individual fails to meet certain requirements of the Naturalization Oath, including allegiance to the United States, renouncing any foreign allegiance, and taking up arms against the United States if necessary.

What Will Happen if Denaturalization Proceedings are Successful?

If denaturalization proceedings are successful, the individual will lose all rights and benefits of citizenship. This includes the right to vote, hold public office, serve in the military and receive federal benefits such as Social Security or Medicare. The denaturalized citizen may also be subject to deportation if he or she is an alien under U.S. immigration law prior to being naturalized.

Denaturalization is a serious matter, and individuals should seek the advice of a qualified immigration lawyer if they are facing such proceedings. An experienced attorney can provide sound legal counsel and help ensure that an individual’s rights are protected throughout the process.  Denaturalization proceedings should not be taken lightly, as it carries serious consequences, and a qualified legal professional is best equipped to provide guidance.

By understanding the potential consequences of denaturalization and seeking the help of a Cleveland naturalization attorney, individuals facing these proceedings can be better prepared to protect their rights and interests. Brown Immigration Law has the experience and resources to fight for your rights.


Voluntary relinquishing the citizenship of your home country is known as renunciation. This is distinctly different from denaturalization.

Dual Citizenship

You may be eligible for dual nationality for a number of reasons. The most common reason that someone may have dual citizenship is that they were born to an American parent and a parent of other citizenship, thereby automatically being granted dual citizenship in both countries.

Ready To Become A Citizen?

If you are ready to become a United States citizen, then it is important that you work with a naturalization attorney. Regardless of the direction that you take to naturalization, it is important that you make sure everything is being done to help you expedite the process and grant you the quickest and easiest path toward becoming a United States citizen.

Contact Brown Immigration Law today if you are ready to speak with a naturalization attorney and fulfill your American dream.


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