People all over the world look at the United States with hope. It is often the place they plan to move to as they work toward a happier, safer life. As a result, they move to places like New Jersey and other areas around the country. Their ultimate goal is to seek naturalization, a process that can seem overwhelming and confusing.

Reportedly as an attempt to ensure that those seeking citizenship in the United State are sincere, there are multiple criteria that must be met. Before a person can apply to become a naturalized citizen, the person must be at least 18 years old. The individual also must have been a lawful, permanent resident of the United States and physically present in the country for at least five years prior to applying; certain exceptions do apply to the residency requirement. Successful applicants must also be “of good moral character” and able to speak and understand English.

Once the application has been submitted, there are additional actions that must be completed. The applicant must go through an interview and pass a civics and English test. Once the applicant has been successful at these steps, he or she must then take an oath of allegiance.

While the ultimate goal of many people in the United States is to become a citizen, the naturalization process can seem overwhelming to many. Fortunately, there are experienced attorneys who can help people in New Jersey seeking citizenship. Such a professional can help ensure applicants have the necessary documentation, prepare the application and provide guidance regarding the test and interview process.