United States Citizenship

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Immigration: Citizenship

US citizenship is automatically granted to a child born in the United States and its territories – this is also the case for children born to a US citizen. An individual born outside the United States can become a citizen through a process known as naturalization. In order to qualify for naturalization under Section 319(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), you must have been a green card holder (permanent resident) for at least three years or must have been married to a U.S. citizen for a period of three years.

In some cases, spouses of U.S. citizens employed abroad may qualify for naturalization regardless of their time as permanent residents. These spouses may qualify under Section 319(b) of the INA.  For further details for applying for naturalization under this condition, please consult an immigration attorney.


There are a number of requirements that the applicant must meet in order to qualify for naturalization as stated in section 319(a) of the INA. Some of these requirements are listed below:

Advantages of becoming a US citizens

Along with the rights and freedoms that are bestowed on its citizens as stated in the United States Constitution, there are other advantages to becoming a US citizen namely the tax advantages as good eligibility for certain government grants and scholarships.

The Naturalization Test

To become a United States citizen through naturalization, the applicant must pass the naturalization test. At the naturalization interview, the applicant will be asked about their application as well as their background. The applicant must also take an English and civics test unless they qualify for an exemption or a waiver.

Study Materials

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department makes the following study materials available for the Civics and the English tests:

How we can help…..

The Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates can help you by preparing all the paperwork and filing for your citizenship as well as advising you of any issues that need to be addressed beforehand to make sure that your application is processed efficiently. If you would like a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers regarding Citizenship, please call us at (617) 367-6750 or click here to submit a request for a consultation with our Immigration Attorneys in Boston, Massachusetts.

If you plan on attending a consultation with one of our immigration attorneys, in person, please see the Directions to our Office

Law Offices of Trupti N Patel & Associates
One Boston Place, 201 Washington St #2600, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 367-6750


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“Thank you so much for all of the hard work you have put in to the process of helping me become a permanent resident. This has been a long journey that has been challenging at times. It has taken 6 years, 3 jobs, 2 states, 2 renewals of my H1-B, multiple trips to embassies/consulates in…

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“First to say – i finally received a green card with these guys help! Everyone working at this law office is very knowledgeable and responsive. I have been working with them through my employer and it has been several years. My H1B was approved through this law office as well. I recommend anyone who is…

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“It is recommended that one should have an immigration lawyer handy. I recommend that this attorney be Trupti Patel. My case was not straightforward and they were very helpful. They get a lot of referrals and very busy but always available when you need them. I found them very knowledgeable about all types of immigration…

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We are extremely happy with the Trupti N. Patel & Associates services, and it has been almost ten years that we have been working with Attorney Patel and her staff for all our US non-immigrant visa and immigration requirements and they consistently provide us with outstanding value. Their fees are extremely competitive, yet they offer…

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Trupti Patel associates are the best professional law firm and highly knowledgeable staff. Really appreciate the patience and empathy presented by Trupti and AnnMarie during all stages / scenarios they handle on each case. Highly recommend Trupti Patel associates if you want prompt, trusted and knowledgeable team to address any visa cases. Thank you.

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The team at TNP does a good job gauging the client’s needs and attending to them. I have had a fair share of ups and down with the defunct legal immigration process here in America and the TNP team has helped me navigate the same. I would particularly like to recommend legal assistant Ms. AnnMarie…

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