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Wanting to become a citizen of the United States is a common desire. However, the naturalization process is not easy, and many people living in New Jersey may wonder whether they will ever reach this goal. Fortunately, understanding the process could help them work toward obtaining citizenship.

First, a person hoping to become a naturalized citizen must be at least 18 years old when filing the appropriate application. In the case of naturalization, the necessary document is Form N-400, or the application for naturalization. Paperwork plays a major role in this process, so ensuring that the right documents are provided is vital. Additionally, the applicant needs to understand basic English and show that he or she can read, write and speak the language.

There are also residency requirements when it comes to applying for citizenship. The applicant must have had a physical presence in the United States and can show continuous permanent residence. It is also required for applicants to have good moral character and have basic knowledge of U.S. history and civic principles. Tests are utilized in order for applicants to demonstrate this knowledge.

Understandably, many people may feel anxious about starting the naturalization process. They may worry that they will provide the wrong information, fail their citizenship tests or make other mistakes along the way. Fortunately, interested parties can enlist the help of New Jersey immigration law attorneys who could help them file the correct paperwork and handle other aspects of the process. Having a legal advocate could put many people more at ease during this time.