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Naturalization and Citizenship

vml_nat_statue_of_liberty What’s the difference between naturalization and citizenship?

A certificate of naturalization and a certificate of citizenship are both proof of US citizenship, but they involve different eligibility requirements.

A certificate of naturalization is available to legal permanent residents (green card recipients) who have met the requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and submitted an accurate application.

A certificate of citizenship can be available to to people born abroad to, or adopted by, US citizen parents, or a foreign national who has obtained a green card.

There are nuances in the application process and requirements that we’d love to discuss with you so you can pursue the right certificate for your situation.


Naturalization is the process by which a foreign national, who has already been granted a green card, can become a citizen of the United States. However, there are specific qualifications and restrictions involved.

If you are interested in naturalization, we strongly recommend you consult with an immigration attorney from our firm. We would be honored to guide you in meeting all the requirements and filling out your application accurately. We will help you throughout the entire naturalization process.


As a foreign national who has migrated to the United States and obtained a green card to permanently reside and work here, you may also be interested in applying for US citizenship.

US Citizenship offers responsibilities and benefits which are not afforded to non-citizens. Our attorneys are here to answer any questions you have about citizenship and to guide you on the journey to becoming a US citizen.

Contact us for a free consultation, or call us at 915-351-1000 from the U.S. or 656-454-5561 from Mexico.