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Some immigrants will apply for citizenship

When an individual relocates to this country, it is possible that he or she will attempt to remain here permanently. There is a process to receive citizenship in the United States, and many individuals who come here undergo that process. In New York, millions of individuals will choose to take steps along the path to becoming a full citizen of the U.S.

Large numbers of the Mexican immigrant population will choose to become citizens, as indicated by recent Pew studies. Among the six million legal immigrants of Mexican descent, 42 percent have become naturalized United States citizens. The number is not as high as for other groups of immigrants, and the Pew study has identified some of the reasons why this may be the case. They observe that language barriers, financial cost and limited interest may affect a person's likelihood of applying for citizenship. 

The application process has many steps. First, a person must be at least 18 years of age or older. The applicant must also be a legal permanent resident of the United States for at least five years before applying. The educational component requires that an individual be able to read, write and speak English, and also that he or she have an understanding of U.S. history and civics. Finally, the applicant must demonstrate that he or she is a person of good moral character, who is attached to the principles of the Constitution, and who is well disposed to the good order of the country. 

Of the 8.5 million immigrants who applied for citizenship within a recent 10-year span, only 11 percent of the applications were denied. This may give hope to individuals who have relocated to New York in hopes of becoming naturalized. Some people require assistance undergoing the naturalization process. Many people have chosen to hire an experienced immigration attorney for exactly this reason.  

Source: newsmax.xom, "42 Percent of Eligible Mexican Immigrants Are US Citizens", Scott Rasmussen, Jan. 31, 2018

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