Application Process

Naturalization Process - The naturalization process can be confusing and risky for some noncitizens. A noncitizen must meet the specific criteria to be eligible to naturalize and become a United States Citizen:

  • The noncitizen must be “lawfully admitted for permanent residence(LPR).” In other words, the noncitizen must have a green card.
  • The LPR must be at least 18 years old at the time of filing the naturalization application.
  • The applicant must have continuous residence in the United States for three or five years depending on the applicant’s specific situation.
  • The applicant must have been in the United States for at least half the total required period of continuous residence with some exceptions.
  • A major requirement is that the applicant must be a person of good moral character. Seemingly minor criminal convictions can render an applicant ineligible to naturalize, and, in some cases, the applicant might be pleased in deportation proceedings depending on the severity of the conviction.

Applicants are required to take a literacy, English and civics test, and few applicants can beexempted from exam due to age and physical inability and etc.

How The Law Offices of Wiliani-Malek can help you: The naturalization process can be difficult and risky. Oftentimes, it is possible to determine whether the application will be granted prior to filing. The Law Office of Wiliani-Malek can help you determine whether it is worthwhile for you to file a naturalization application or whether there is a risk of deportation and denial. The Law Office of Wiliani-Malek will review your case thoroughly before filing, help you file the application and attend your naturalization interview with you. Similarly, if your naturalization application was recently denied, you may be entitled to an appeal.


3525 Hyland Ave., Suite 225
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Call: (714) 432-1333

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Monday-Friday: 9-6pm
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Phone: (714) 432-1333