Naturalization & Citizenship for Immigrants


For countless immigrants coming to the United States, citizenship through naturalization is the ultimate goal in their life. In fact, many successful entrepreneurs, individuals, and families were built upon the objective of coming to America and becoming a naturalized citizen. As a result, many who may have experienced persecution, hardship, or injustice in their homelands have made a new life of happiness, joy, and wealth in America as a result of their effort to pursue their dream.

At its absolute essence, this is the perfect encapsulation of the American Dream. As immigration attorneys who serve immigrants and their families across the United States, we cannot over emphasize that it is our mission to help see you through to your ultimate dreams for you and your family. There may be complications and hurdles to go through along the way, but at Catherine R. Henin-Clark, P.A., a Winter Park immigration attorney is here to direct you along the path to seek the best possible resolution.


Naturalization is the process in which foreign citizens can obtain U.S. citizenship. Because immigrants, foreign citizens, or foreign nationals cannot enjoy the same rights as naturalized citizens in the United States, one way in which they can legally receive the benefits of citizenship is through naturalization. Naturalization, however, has many required steps that must be completed in a specific manner in order to be considered for citizenship. Requirements can include, but are not limited to:

  • Permanent U.S. residency for at least five years
  • Permanent resident status with a green card or be married to a U.S. citizen for at least 3 years
  • Have qualifying service in the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be of good moral standing and character


In order to qualify for citizenship in the United States, you must be able to prove that you fulfill the requirements for naturalization mentioned above. Providing that you met any of the above qualifications, you can then pursue citizenship. Generally, the process for citizenship can be time consuming, but with the help of an immigration attorney, you can learn what to expect during your journey through the naturalization and citizenship process. In addition to the requirements for naturalization, citizenship applicants are required to:

  • Complete and submit Form N-400, Application for Naturalization
  • Complete an immigration interview once form is filed and approved
  • Pass a background check
  • Display a basic understanding of English by passing an oral, reading, and written exam
  • Display a basic understanding of Civics by passing an exam
  • Agree to support, uphold, and abide by the U.S. Constitution
  • Take an Oath of Allegiance to the U.S.

Through your naturalization and citizenship process, it is wise to seek legal support from an experienced immigration lawyer. You may feel as though you don't fulfill the requirements for citizenship, but without the counsel of a professional, you may never know the legal options that could be available to you. Attorney Catherine Henin-Clark is currently 1 of only 60 attorneys in Florida to be board certified in immigration and nationality law. She can use her extensive training and expertise to review your case, determine the strengths and specifics of your situation, and determine how to best approach your citizenship process.