What Does It Mean to Attain U.S. Citizenship?
There are tremendous benefits to becoming a U.S. citizen. As a result of the numerous advantages immigrants will enjoy after immigration, many Irish residents abroad sacrifice a lot to attain U.S. citizenship.
Although most Americans are given birth to in the U.S. by American parents, there are other methods of obtaining U.S. citizenship: an Irish citizen having an Irish passport with a foreign birth certificate.
Modes and Requirements of Obtaining U.S. Citizenship as Irish Citizens
The requirements of obtaining U.S. citizenship as an Irish citizen after immigration vary depending on the mode of acquisition and the applicants’ category.
The steps below will enlighten you on what category you are and what you will require to become an American as an Irish citizen with an Irish passport with foreign birth registration.
Citizenship by acquisition
Suppose Irish citizens are residents abroad and are of Irish descent but have at least one of their parents as an American citizen. In that case, such an individual is eligible to become an American.
The father or mother must meet the physical presence requirements by the U.S. before the child who is of Irish descent has dual citizenship.
The eligibility requirements for citizenship by acquisition vary:
- For a child born in wedlock with both parents being U.S. citizens, one of the parents must have resided in the U.S. at any time before the child’s birth.
- For a child born in wedlock with one U.S. citizen parent and a parent from Irish ancestry, the U.S. citizen parent must have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and at least two years after 14.
- For a child born out of wedlock by a U.S. citizen mother, such mother must have been physically in the United States for at least one year before the child’s birth.
- For a child born outside of wedlock by a U.S. father, the father must accept the child’s paternity, and a court of competent jurisdiction must establish the paternity of such child.
- For adopted children given birth in Northern Ireland, the Irish child will be migrated into the U.S. with an IR-3 visa and will receive a certificate of citizenship within 45 days of coming into the United States.
Citizenship By Naturalization
Naturalization is the process of becoming a US citizen used by those not born in the U.S.
The most common means of acquiring U.S. citizenship by Irish citizens is naturalization, which can only be done after three years of immigration.
To be eligible for naturalization as a US citizen Irish citizens Irish citizens must have lived in the U.S. for five years as a permanent resident.
Anyone from an Irish community can file for Form N-400 and pay the application fee. Application for Naturalization 90 days before your 5th resident anniversary. Also, you must have lived within the state of application within three months before the date of filling out the form.
The applicant is required to act in line with the principles of the constitution of the United States. Any act against the constitution upon immigration will be deemed immoral. For instance, any act that causes harm against another person involves fraud or acts that cause you to be sentenced to 5 years imprisonment and above.
Citizenship by marriage
For a permanent resident married to an American, you have a great benefit of naturalizing into an American citizen after three (3) years of your immigration into the US as a permanent resident.
To be entitled to this, you must have the following requirements.
- Must be above 18 years
- Must have lived in the U.S. consistently for three years before the filing:
- For Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, the Irish citizens must have lived in America for at least three years to be successfully accepted.
- You must have been married to an American all through those three years.
- You must have continuous residence in the U.S. for a period not less than three years
- You must know how to communicate, read, and write in English. You must also pass the History and government test.
- As a person with Irish citizenship, you will have to be a person who adheres to the tenets of the constitution of America. Flouting any law may disqualify you from attaining American citizenship.
Requirements For Application-Based on Active Military Service:
- Not less than 18 years
- Served actively in the U.S. armed force for not less than one (1) year. If you have been discharged respectfully after this one year is complete, your Form N-400 application must be filed not more than six months after release from the armed force.
- At the time of your naturalization interview, you must be a permanent citizen.
- You must also pass the English, history and government test
- It is pertinent you are a person of good moral character
Processing Time and Cost
It takes an average of 14 months for anyone with Irish citizenship to process and complete your Form N-400 and attend to your biometrics, another four months on the average for interviews and exams, four months at least before getting a response for your application.
It takes another 1.5 months on average to complete the taking of the Oath of Allegiance and receive your certificate of naturalization. In total, it’s possible to spend two years trying to get naturalized into a U.S. citizen.
How Can Total Law Help?
The path to US citizenship is often difficult and overwhelming. From ensuring you qualify to the application process and the costs involved. At Total Law, our goal is to ensure our clients have a smooth and stress-free path to US citizenship.
When you reach out to us, our client care team will discuss with you and determine if you are best served with an advice session or application package straightaway. If it is the former, you will discuss with our immigration lawyers, who will work closely with you and provide personalised advice. If the next step is an application, we will ensure your application is complete to the highest standards to improve your chances of success.
Contact us on (+353) 061 518 025 to get started today. You can also reach out to us via live chat or contact form.
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It will cost anyone with Irish citizenship a total of $725.
The breakdown is $640 to process your application and $85 for biometrics. These fees are, however, not refundable.
One of the things that could hinder someone with Irish citizenship from applying for citizenship is if you are once convicted for a crime.
This could be a drawback to attaining citizenship in the US you desire. Not meeting the requirements above can also hinder you from attaining citizenship in the US.