Differences Between Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates

Differences Between Citizenship and Naturalization Certificates

Naturalization certificates and citizenship documents are very different documents. That being said, both of these documents can be used to prove that a certain individual is indeed a citizen of the United States. While these documents can be interchangeable during most legal procedures, it’s worthwhile to know the differences between citizenship and naturalization certificates. BCA Law Firm is here to clear any confusion, so you can take an informed decision regarding your immigration options and responsibilities.  

Certificate of Naturalization VS Citizenship

A Certificate of Citizenship is awarded to a person who derives or acquires citizenship from the fact that his or her parents are U.S. citizens. On the other hand, naturalization certificates are awarded to individuals who become citizens by going through the naturalization process. If the process seems confusing, feel free to contact our citizenship & naturalization lawyer.

Naturalization in the United States is overseen by USCIS or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The process of naturalization allows foreign nationals to become full-fledged citizens. There are many benefits associated with becoming a U.S. citizen, so it’s worthwhile to undergo the process as soon as you are eligible to do so.

Naturalization Process Explained

To become a naturalized U.S. citizen, you must fill out the necessary forms, including the most important one – the N-400. Eligible applicants must be green card holders, among other eligibility requirements such as the ability to read and speak English, continuous residence and the length of residence. Along with the N-400 form, you will also have to pass an interview, a civics test and an English test. Once the application is approved, you will take part in a naturalization ceremony to take the Oath of Allegiance to America. Once all the steps are completed, you will be issued a certificate of naturalization. Visit our page on citizenship & naturalization to learn more about the steps required to become a full-fledged citizen.

Citizenship Rights and Advantages

There are plenty of benefits associated with being a U.S citizen and holders of either certificate are granted full rights regardless of how citizenship or naturalization was obtained. To learn more about citizenship or naturalization, contact our immigration lawyer today!

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