Proudly serving families in Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, Appleton, Oshkosh, Green Bay, Manitowoc and nearby towns since 2006.
131 W. Layton Ave, Ste 201
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Right to vote
Cannot be deported
Right to a U.S. passport
Able to sponsor parents, siblings and married adult children as well as spouses and unmarried children
Your children may derive citizenship through you automatically
Easier to travel abroad
Eligible for certain government jobs
Right to run for elected office
Exempt from federal estate taxes
Allowed to be a jury member
After getting a green card, legal permanent residents are eligible to apply for naturalization after a certain amount of time passes. Most have to wait five years, though if you got your green card through marriage, you are eligible after three years. If you are in the U.S. military, you may apply during military training.
Never apply for naturalization without consulting an immigration attorney if you have ever been convicted of a crime, no matter how old the conviction. Certain types of convictions will lead to denial of your naturalization application, or even removal proceedings.
Sometimes a child can claim U.S. citizenship through a parent who is a U.S. citizen. Proof of U.S. citizenship is through an application for a certificate of citizenship. Most people get their certificate of citizenship as children, but you can apply as an adult.
The laws of derivative citizenship are complicated because they have changed over the years. You must be eligible under the law in effect at the time of your birth or adoption. Making sure you have all the evidence when you apply is critical because you can apply only once for a certificate of citizenship.
The greatest benefits of living in the U.S. go to those who are U.S. citizens. Some people also can become U.S. citizens through a parent without the need to get a green card first. Everyone else must first have a green card.