If you are a Massachusetts resident and are interested in seeking U.S. citizenship, you likely have questions about the naturalization process. The prospect of becoming a citizen can be exciting as you take this step, and successful completion of the process can be a source of pride. In making your effort as simple and smooth as possible, it may be helpful to have access to experienced counsel so that you are able to complete all necessary steps efficiently and correctly. While the information provided by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is straightforward, it may not always be easy to understand.
One of the first steps in planning for naturalization is to evaluate your goals and your current status. Eligibility for applying for citizenship requires that you are a legal permanent resident of the country for a minimum of five years. This requirement may not be necessary, however, if you have been married to a citizen of the United States for a minimum of three years. A background check is conducted by USCIS during the application process. Prior applications are examined along with other factors, and failure to provide complete and consistent information could result in delays. A criminal record could also affect citizenship decisions.