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It can take decades for individuals to become US citizens

Most people in California and around the world have dreams they hope to one day achieve. In some cases, those dreams can be turned into a reality much quicker than others, especially if certain procedures must be followed for the others. In particular, individuals dreaming to become citizens of the United States often have to wait several years before completing the process.

One woman recently gave her account of becoming a citizen after almost 18 years. She stated that she came to the United States with her husband from Pakistan due to fear that they would be harmed for their religious beliefs. After their daughter was married and had a child in the United States, the woman and her husband moved to the country and applied for green cards in 2001. However, they did not receive those cards until a decade later.

After she received her green card, the woman had to wait another five years to apply for citizenship due to the requirement that a citizenship applicant must reside in the country for five continuous years before starting the naturalization process. Just days ago, the woman received news that she had been granted citizenship. The moment was bittersweet as her husband died a year ago from cancer and was not able to become a citizen before his death. The woman offered the sentiment that many others undoubtedly share stating that the process takes too long.

Indeed, the process to become U.S. citizens takes years of effort. If issues with an application come about, the process can take even longer. Individuals living in California or elsewhere in the country who want to obtain their citizenship may want to speak with immigration attorneys who can provide information on the process and help applicants avoid any mistakes throughout.

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